At least 5 people injured in Charlotte Maxeke roof collapse

03 March, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Garry Little
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Patients in a South African health facility were trapped on Thursday after a roof collapsed at Johannesburg's Charlotte Maxeke state hospital.

"It is suspected that some contractors and three patients are now trapped under the rubble, and no one has been found yet". "Rescue workers are busy on the scene at the moment trying to ascertain the safety", ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring told Reuters.

A rescue effort is underway at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital after the floor of the reception area collapsed, News24 reported on Thursday. The five sustained minor tissue injuries, amongst them, two patients, two workers and one staff member.

He also said the contractor had not placed the relevant warning signs in the hospital.

"All I saw was the roof collapse, and then there was a lot of dust".

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Eye Witness News quoted sources at the scene saying two people were trapped in the rubble and that one person had been removed.

"At this stage we can neither confirm the number of injuries nor what caused the collapse", a statement from the provincial department of health in Gauteng said.

Sharing a picture of the collapse on Twitter, he said: "The devastation at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital - I warned years ago that the hospital was structurally unsound".

The entire hospital must be urgently assessed to ensure it is safe.

Motsoaledi says the contractor who was hired for maintenance will be held accountable for the collapse.

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