What collapse? Hoax has Durban bewildered

2009-06-26 00:00

A HOAX e-mail about the collapse of the Moses Mabhida Stadium yesterday sent shockwaves around Durban as people rushed to the construction site.

The e-mail, which shows pictures of the white roof of a stadium collapsing, started making its rounds in cyberspace yesterday.

While the pictures are similar to the real thing, on closer inspection one can see that the stadium has coloured plastic seats and a grass pitch. These are still being installed at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The pictures in the e-mail are believed to be of a sports stadium in Malaysia.

After receiving the e-mail, concerned Durbanites visited the construction site to see if the news was true.

When The Witness visited the site, construction workers were busy with the roof trusses of the stadium’s roof. Some motorists had slowed down to watch the process.

Head of the strategic projects unit, Julie-May Ellingson, said the Asian pedestrian in one of the pictures was a “dead giveaway” that it was a hoax.

“Everything is perfect and on track. The stadium’s roof looks spectacular,” she added.

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