Teen working part-time among the injured

2013-11-20 00:00

AN 18-year-old schoolboy, working at the construction site to earn money in the afternoons, was one of the injured rushed to Umhlanga Hospital last night.

Ntethelelo Khuzwayo was hurt on both legs, his uncle Obet Khuzwayo told The Witness.

Ntethelelo is a Grade 9 pupil at Nkosibomvu Secondary School in Tongaat.

He had started working part-time at the site two weeks ago.

He told his relatives that he was happy to get the job and said the pay was not bad. He was apparently working on the third level when “the building just started to fall apart”.

Obet, who is also Ntethelelo’s guardian, said his nephew appeared dazed and confused when he was brought into the hospital. “When the nurses asked him the name of his supervisor and the construction company he worked for, he couldn’t answer. He seemed confused. But he could remember his name and date of birth,” said Khuzwayo.

He said he was in Durban when he got a call from his nephew’s colleague to tell him about the incident.

“Things look promising, because he is not badly injured,” Obet said yesterday as his nephew was moved to the surgical ward.

Earlier, three patients were brought by ambulance to Umhlanga Hospital.

One was covered in dirt and still in his construction gear, and was pushed in a wheelchair.

Two eThekwini EMS ambulance staffers took two patients into the hospital before speeding off.

An ER24 ambulance brought in a man who appeared to be critically injured.

He was on an oxygen machine.

Paramedics said they were returning to the construction site to fetch more patients.

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