Scores injured as marquee collapses

2010-05-28 17:16

Scores of people, including school children, were hurt when a

marquee collapsed during the launch of Child Protection Week in Driefontein,


Social welfare spokesperson, Sifiso Buthelezi, said: “The marquee

had about 10 000 people when strong winds crushed it. About 30 people, including

children, were seriously injured.”

He said the marquee collapsed just minutes before social welfare

MEC Meshack Radebe was about to address people from the podium today.

“He was still in the holding room when the incident happened. He

was about to enter the marquee when it collapsed,” he said.

He said the injured had been taken to various hospitals. The launch

was postponed until further notice.

Meanwhile, two women died after being hit by a mobile clinic in

Queenstown this afternoon, the Eastern Cape health department said.

One woman died on the scene and the other on the way to hospital,

spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said.

He said the driver was arrested and police were investigating

allegations of drunk driving.

The department would also conduct an investigation.

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