Mosque roof caves in, three injured

2017-11-30 06:00
The remains of the mosque roof. PHOTO: ANDILE SITHOLE

The remains of the mosque roof. PHOTO: ANDILE SITHOLE

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WORSHIPPERS at the Jamia Masjid in Verulam are still recovering from shock after the roof of the mosque collapsed leaving three people injured on Monday,
November 20.

One of the three injured was reported­ to be recovering from pelvic­ injuries in hospital.

According to the mosque trustees, worshippers had come for their Zuhr - the daily afternoon prayer - when the incident happened.

Trustee Edris Kathrada said there were six people in the building before the roof collapsed.

“Three had left, but the other three remained inside and they were the ones who were injured when the roof collapsed.

“They were all taken to hospital.

“We thank our Lord that no one died.

“We believe that everything is in the will of God.

“We can’t stop the building from collapsing, but I would like to ensure the community that everyone­ is safe and we will be conducting our services in the basement.

“We have removed all the rubble and are waiting for a report from engineers that will determine the cause of the collapse.”

When the Weekly arrived minutes after the incident visibly shaken worshippers had gathered outside the building.

K9 Police Search and Rescue Unit and Reaction Unit South Africa were called to rescue anyone trapped in the rubble.

Head of Reaction Unit South Africa Prem Balram said the Search and Rescue Unit used a specialised dog to search in the debris to ensure there were no further entrapments.

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