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At least 5 people injured in Charlotte Maxeke roof collapse

At least 5 people injured in Charlotte Maxeke roof collapse

Several patients were trapped after a roof collapsed at Johannesburg's Charlotte Maxeke state hospital, emergency service officials said on Thursday.

As night fell, rescue workers were assessing whether anyone was trapped in the rubble at Charlotte Maxeke hospital in Johannesburg, where a section of roof fell near the main entrance, close to the maternity department. "We are still digging at the moment, but nothing has been found yet", spokesman Russel Meiring told AFP.

It is unclear at this stage what caused the structure to collapse, although bystanders on the scene have confirmed that the roof above the entrance was now under construction with new roofing being installed.

Co-operative governance MEC Jacob Mamabolo, who is responsible for infrastructure, blamed the roof's collapse on shoddy workmanship by contractors waterproofing the roof.

They were actually working on the roof.

She said rescue workers were busy working on site to ensure no one was trapped underneath the rubble. "The problem is contained to the entrance and the area is cordoned off", Ramokgopa said.

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Emergency services are now using spades and hammers to work through the rubble.

Workers however told the media that they were not surprised by the incident because the roof had been leaking.

A rescue effort is underway at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital after the floor of the reception area collapsed, News24 reported on Thursday. A legislator representing the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Guateng province says he had been raising red flags over the roof for years.

The hospital's professional and support staff exceeds 4,000 people.

It was formerly known as the Johannesburg General Hospital, nicknamed Joburg Gen.


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