1 dead after Cape Town Linkin Park concert

2012-11-08 07:13

Johannesburg - One person has died as a result of injuries sustained when a temporary scaffolding collapsed at the Linkin Park concert at Cape Town Stadium due to high winds, the city said on Thursday.

"One person passed away last night as a result of injuries. It was a female individual. She passed away after she was taken to hospital," said city spokesperson Kylie Hatton.

It is believed that the woman passed away at Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in the city bowl.

Nineteen people have been left injured by the accident with 12 requiring hospitalisation.

Hatton said the site has been secured for an investigation by the police.

She said the city and event organisers will co-operate with the investigation.

The temporary structure was a "branding activation" and located next to the stadium forecourt on the Cape Town CBD side of the venue.

The structure had been pre-approved and certified as safe before the event.

The concert went ahead as officials secured the affected area.

Early on Thursday morning, concert organisers, Big Concerts, put a post on their Facebook wall expressing their sympathies and condolences to the injured persons and the family of the dead woman.

“We would like to thank the City of Cape Town, the South African Police Services, and all the medics, doctors, and disaster risk personnel for their swift and professional response to this accident,” it said.

  • hemant.narshi - 2012-11-08 07:23

    Very sad

      Alien42063 - 2012-11-08 07:34

      This is horrible! Last night when I last checked it was only 6 injured. :(

      vaughan.greene - 2012-11-08 09:02

      Where is Lucozade's apology? Their structure caused the incident and they are the only ones that havent sad sorry.

      brandon.mercer3 - 2012-11-08 09:16

      @Traderzn - The structure doesnt belong to Lucozade's the event organizers merely erect the structures and advertisers pay for a spot

      Havokreeka - 2012-11-08 09:44

      You guys can argue about who is responsible all you want. But in the end, it doesn't even matter.

      justindeklerk - 2012-11-08 09:52

      I was right next to this thing when it collapsed, my wife and I had just passed the spot where it fell seconds earlier, we heard screaming behind us, I turned around and saw it fall with a loud crash. Whatever the city says this thing was not secure, it blew over like a cardboard box. A load of us rushed to lift it up and between probably about 30 of us lifting it felt like tons. What was underneath was absolute carnage, bloodied and broken bodies sprawled out. The girl that passed away was at my feet, she had severe head injuries, there was such a lot of blood. My heart goes out to her family, seeing her lying there dying is something I will never forget though I didn't know her, she was a beautiful girl. It was a complete freak accident, the wind was strong, but somebody needs to be held accountable between the people who constructed and inspected that thing. Having just been there seconds before freaked me out, but what was even worse were the idiots in the crowd who cheered and clapped when the contraption collapsed and crushed a crowd of people, it's sickening that young seemingly educated people behave like that! I wish a speedy recovery to the survivors, particularly the other critically injured person. How there were not more fatalities under the weight of that thing is nothing short of miraculous! RIP to the girl who lost her life.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-11-08 10:21

      People cheered and clapped? Are you f'ing serious?! RIP young lass, and condolences to the family. Hope the rest of the injured make full, swift recovery.

      logan.naidoo - 2012-11-08 11:11

      I believe the cheering and clapping story. I recently witnessed an accident, and the bystanders seemed excited abt it - the sickness of society.

      Sean1877 - 2012-11-08 13:28

      How do you thumbs down a coment like this?!!!!!

      Havokreeka - 2012-11-08 13:58

      Sean, there's 3 people that really don't like Linkin Park fans?

      melanie.hoffman.370 - 2012-11-08 19:17

      I'm hoping the people who clapped didn't really know what was happening or how serious it was. Like when you're in a restaurant and a waiter drops a tray full of glasses or something, people might clap and cheer as an expression of: ohh, it's not too bad, don't worry. Or something like that. It would be quite horrific if they clapped out of maliciousness. Can't be ...

      LiveYourOwnLife - 2012-11-08 20:49

      Hendrik get stuffed.

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-11-08 07:28

    tragic accident, condolences to the family, clearly someone took there eye off the ball, the organisers must be held accountable

      Alien42063 - 2012-11-08 07:36

      I Disagree. This is very tragic and sad...but you can't hold anyone accountable for wind pushing something over. Especially if it was unusually strong winds even for Cape Town. It would be like holding someone accountable for secondary damage\injuries from an Earthquake or a Tsunami? I Dunno...but it remains horrible :(

      sean.sheep.754 - 2012-11-08 07:49

      Funny you should say that check this out :)

      sheamus.drager - 2012-11-08 07:55

      @Sean, thanks mate, exactly what I was lookinf for. I suppose Lyndatjie wants those scientists to swing aswell?

      GavinPen - 2012-11-08 08:06

      @Alien - if engineers can not be held responsible for the stability of a temporary structure in high winds then they really should find another job, its a simple check, and 50km/h wind is nothing extraordinary in Cape Town. Someone certainly took their eye off the ball. God has nothing to do with the wind, it is an engineering force that can be dealt with easily with good design, compliant construction and competent checks! Condolences to the family.

      Lyndatjie - 2012-11-08 08:09

      @sheamus - we have structures put up all over Cape Town which we need for our work... and in every single one of them - the safety precautions for the Cape Town doctor is exercised with extreme diligence. So I might not say what you want to hear - but it is based on fact and personal experience not emotion tempered with ostrich mentality.

      justindeklerk - 2012-11-08 10:01

      That thing was not secure, I saw it blow over and the wind was not that strong at that point, it got a lot worse through the evening. The inspecting engineer certainly made a fatal misjudgment.

      francois.vorster.925 - 2012-11-08 17:26

      Must be one of these 30% pass rate engineers that our universities are producing.

  • tawanda.silo - 2012-11-08 07:29


      wesley.bischoff - 2012-11-08 08:59

      If that is how he expresses his feelings on the subject, then so be it. I don't see anyone telling YOU how to react.

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-11-08 07:30

    My condolences to her family - it is a terrible tragedy.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-11-08 07:31

    Big Concerts, the branding sponsor (lucozade?), and the city should take full responsibility and compensate the injured (i.e pay their hospital fees, etc). Stupid to erect such a structure in howling winds

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-11-08 09:33

      Why should Lucozade take any responsibility? all they do is send their banners to the Organisers to be put up at shows, and pay for it too. So in reality they should also sue the organisers for tarnishing their image due to poor safety standards.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-11-08 10:28

      At the end of the day who ever erected the structure, and whoever said it was safe are the ones to be held directly responsible. Accidents do happen, nobody is perfect all of the time, and pointing fingers won't bring that poor girl back. I do believe there should be some sort of compensation however.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-08 07:35

    This is so terribly sad :( sincere condolences to her family and friends!! Thinking of those that were injured may you all fully recover from your injuries!! Stay strong

  • albert.fourie - 2012-11-08 07:57

    That sucks big time jire

  • don9000 - 2012-11-08 07:58

    My thoughts go out to the family. So sad!

  • lauren.k.meikle - 2012-11-08 07:58

    The wind was indeed pretty epic last night. Nobody can be held accountable, only Mother Nature. This is a true tragedy.

      john.volsteedt.1 - 2012-11-08 10:19

      To all those that say you cannot hold anyone accountable because it was the wind. Do you really think things through before commenting? A simple risk assessment would identify the wind as a risk that could have consequences. A further simple thought process determines how to mitigate for the wind, in this case, probably through better engineering. Those responsible and that should be held accountable are those that failed to do an adequate risk assessment and/or implement adequate mitigating measures.

      NigelJamesTurner - 2012-11-08 10:37

      Rubbish. Negligence on the part of those who erected the scaffolding and those who certified it.

      itumelengnaledi.molefe - 2012-11-08 12:04

      @john,volsteedt.1, since there is yet no proof that the risk wasn't assessed I'll just assume you don't understand risk. Risk states the potential of something bad happening. It is very possible for some bad event to be deemed improbable yet still occur. In this case the collapse of the scaffolding was deemed improbable, hence it was certified safe. The fact that it did collapse must mean that the event (strong wind) that led to its collapse was also deemed improbable therefore was a minor factor in the decision to erect the scaffolding. The death of a person is sad, but so is calling for the punishment of people who acted, with no intention to cause harm, according to the information that was available to them(the law requires us to assume this until evidence to the contrary is presented. Innocent until proven guilty).

      wayne.reddek - 2012-11-12 07:54

      @itumelengnaledi. These kinds of structures are designed for work purposes, when they are used for advertising like this one was, there are a whole new set of regulations that come into play. A 11m high structure with full banners that is free standing should have butrusses without the banners, when you add the banners it should surely will also need those? another way to make the structure safe is by using cables, the sans says any scaffolding must be tied at 32m2 increments and more when shade clothed, the shade cloth used is usually 40 - 80% which gives wind space to move through. I believe that this scaffold was not safe, I believe the engineer is the one that should take the fall, the erectors put the scaffold up and mostly are not qualified to sign scaffolds off, big concerts are also not qualified to do so, there for the inspector and engineer are the people responsible for the safety, unfortunately as stated on another post engineers dont know this kind of structure, I only know of one person who has the knowledge as engineer about scaffolding structures. with the kind of banners and the size of banners a mild wind could have toppled that structure. This is truly very sad, condolences to the families and injured

  • werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-11-08 08:01

    I would advice the deceased's family to request Big Concerts to submit the structural competency certificate, which by law have to be issued when erecting a temporary structure. The certificate act as assurance that it can sustain the required forces. Otherwise Big Concerts are going to the cleaners.

      Lyndatjie - 2012-11-08 08:12

      Very true...

      Jo.Davies123 - 2012-11-08 14:59

      I hae some questions about that cetifiacte. Was it re-evaluated when the branding boards went up and when the winds picked up. Re-inspection of scaffolding should be done in both instances.

  • melissa.dasilva.37 - 2012-11-08 08:16

    My friend was one of the injured :( She currently is still in hospital with fractured vertebrates and badly bruised. My condolences go out to the rest that were injured and to the girl/woman's family and friends who had lost her life.

      francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-11-08 09:09

      hope she gets well very soon

      siranne.vanonselen - 2012-11-08 09:26

      Hope she recovers quickly Melissa. My thoughts are with her and the rest of the injured people and especially with the family and friends of the lady who lost her life :-(

      maxine.lenders - 2012-11-08 09:30

      Hi Melissa, please give ur friend our best & i wish her a speedy recovery

      justindeklerk - 2012-11-08 10:05

      Speedy recovery to your friend. I was there too, it was a horrible scene, some terrible injuries.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-11-08 10:31

      Holding thumbs for your friend, sorry to hear.

      justin.hemming.94 - 2012-11-08 10:44

      What trolls are these with thumbs down? Must be the same heartless thugs that laughed when the structure collapsed. My heart goes out to all that suffered. A terrible fate for what was supposed to be an awesome event. Very sad indeed. South Africa has a very high standard in structural engineering design codes, that take into account big winds with big safety factors. If the Engineer's calcs don't match the legal specification, then he must be brought to book. RIP

      Eric Palmer - 2013-08-22 11:02

      Hi Melissa, I also have a friend who was injured. Did your friend ever proceed with legal action?

  • eric.woods.1989 - 2012-11-08 08:18

    It is the responsibility of the engineer to take factors such as wind into account when designing and erecting such structures. If winds in the area are known to exceed 50kph the structure should be designed to handle winds of 100kph. Someone was negligent and will most likely be punished for it.

  • david.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-11-08 08:19

    Winds was strong as hell yesterday the hole day so dont tell me they (the organisers)did not see the possibility of this happening. But ja Squeeze in a couple more for even more money greed will always take you down one way or another.

      justindeklerk - 2012-11-08 10:07

      The structure was outside the stadium, it was not an overcrowded area, people were just passing through and taking advantage of the free lucozades being handed out by the promoters. So the only greed were concert goers scoring a free drink! Think before you make stupid comments!

  • Coxxie1 - 2012-11-08 08:20

    When a scaffold is erected and especially at a public event, all the factors and worse case scenarios have to be taken into consideration and high winds are normal in Cape Town and especially this time of the year, so the people in charge of the scaffold erection are to be held accountable...

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  • mart.botha - 2012-11-08 08:39

    Condolences to the bereaved at this tragic time..

  • caine.abel.75 - 2012-11-08 08:46

    Why erect these massive structures with hi winds howling in the first place

      francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-11-08 09:09

      my thinking exactly...

      athi.ntisana - 2012-11-08 09:34

      Why have tall buildings/skyscrapers in Earthquake prone regions...?

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-11-08 09:44

      @Athi, funny how these high buildings only fall down in 3rd world countries though.

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-11-08 08:51

    Sounds like a case of typical South African ineptitude and poor quality of workmanship to me.........bottom line. My condolences to the bereaved family.

      darrylkb - 2012-11-08 09:19

      First I would like to say sorry to the family of the woman that died next this country wonders why brands don't want to come here and its because of the incompetence that you get in this country including the media ( woman dies and linken park concert) she died outside at a lucozade stage linken park is a band not the event coordinator so why don't head lines read woman dies because of poor management and I seriously hope all that was injured and the deceased woman's family take this further because the band was great the coordinators stuffed up and big time.

      wayne.reddek - 2012-11-12 08:11

      @stephen. Sorry but that scaffold was erected by the book. The design is completely wrong, but i somehow think because of the banners that were going to be put up it was passed, but cables could have been used to tie the structure down.

  • gareth6pike - 2012-11-08 08:57

    why was the scaffolding allowed to remain up despite the winds? I would like to hear a comment from whatever brands were featured on that structure...

  • andrew.gordon.505523 - 2012-11-08 09:01

    I was at the concert and that wind was enough to blow people over. It's a shame for this to happen, could of been avoided if they paid more attention to the weather report

  • simone.gibson.73 - 2012-11-08 09:05

    All I can say is that the injured should not have been taken to Somerset Hospital as that place is a death trap on its own! Even if the injured did not have medical aid the organisers should have made sure they get the best medical treatment possible. Sending them to Somerset is like digging their graves - shocking!!!!! I feel for those lying in that filth and rat invested hell hole. I hope the families cause merry hell because of this as well. Prayers and hope is all we can ask for now for the injured.

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-11-08 09:08

    i blame big concerts for poor planning...again... time to sue them

  • leanne.ross.1447 - 2012-11-08 09:11

    The sun will set for her

  • nvblerk - 2012-11-08 09:26

    The title make it sounds like LP has somthing to do with it!

  • vkukard - 2012-11-08 09:27

    condolences to the family, this is very sad!

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  • bacsha - 2012-11-08 09:40

    No one says it better than Ordinary Worker, you extra ordinary thing you. Scaffolding can sustain CT's winds. the physical structure allows wind to pass through it easily. Blame the idiots that created a kite out of the banner wrapping the structure thereby allowing it to be lifted like a blasted parachute..... tsk tsk someone pays with their life....Because people do idiot things.

      Billy - 2012-11-08 13:30

      at other events i have been to, they took down these structures because of wind conditions, why was it not done here? where was the safety inspector on concert day?

      melanie.hoffman.370 - 2012-11-08 21:47

      That's exactly what we were thinking. The banner wrapped around it had a gap - it was not a "tube". Of course the wind can get into it and blow the thing over. Wind can't get through, just in. A structural engineer knows that.

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  • alan.barclay.75 - 2012-11-08 10:15

    Extremely tragic! Of course,someone has to be accountable for this.Lives have been lost or irrepairably damaged.Was the temporary structure adequately and rigorously tested? Of course it wasn't,otherwise it would not have happened!

  • faith.leburu - 2012-11-08 10:42

    This is just sad, I made a wise decision to stay home. Hope they all get well& condolences to the family of the late lady*

  • valma.b.adams - 2012-11-08 11:03

    Linkin Park concert - Cape Town - condolences to the family of the deceased female and a speedy recovery to those injured - so sad.

  • Bernz.k - 2012-11-08 11:33

    I used to work in rope access and 2 extra safety lines could possibly have prevented this. Sorry but I know how "slapgat" some South African safety officers can be. It sucks how so many people are like "so-and-so cannot be held responsible" If not then what was the point of having the structure signed off as safe unless someone could be held accountable somewhere.

  • melkman7 - 2012-11-08 11:36

    The victims were ( •_•) ( •_•)>¬¦-¦ (¬¦_¦) One Step Closer to the edge.

      ronell.germshuys - 2012-11-08 23:49

      And Im about to break... She was blown away :-)

  • sebsdubois - 2012-11-08 11:41

    Just a polite reminder to many involved in this discussion: Pippi-Langkous, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny are all fictional characters from fairy tales and cultural tradition, just the same as God. Anyone who blames God for anything, sounds like a 6 year old talking about Father Christmas. My heart goes out to those who suffered due to the incompetence of others.

      robin.bradley.9803 - 2012-11-08 12:28

      And just a polite reminder to heathens like yourself... If believe in God,Leave us alone!! we have the right to say what we want!! Your day of reckoning will come and then we will see who is just a fairy tale!!!

  • KavishVather - 2012-11-08 12:34

    This is very sad.

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-11-08 15:04

    The deceased woman bought her death ticket unknowingly. My deepest condolences to the family .thats v_bad

  • vdubgirl69.WP - 2012-11-08 16:09

    With the wind the past few days in Cape Town officials should have known that such an structure with a banner across would be blown over. It's Logical. Any person would have known wind will blow it over, u dont need to be an engineer to know these things. The lady who died is a friend of mine's friend, and this is very sad.

  • mark.bekker - 2012-11-08 16:41

    I send my condolences to the families of the injured and dead. Let this be a time of grieving and not finger pointing (leave that to the courts for a later stage) I was a few minutes behind the incident, had I been there a bit earlier I could have been a victim too. TO all the injured still in hospital, I hope you get well soon!!

  • smangathulani.simelani - 2012-11-08 18:54

    These guys have bad luck, because it happened in WP,if it was anywhere in other provinces, I guarantee JZ would have been blamed. Zille is lucky.

      StreetRacer911 - 2012-11-09 08:49

      This has NOTHING to do with politics

  • mercyreyes888 - 2012-11-08 22:03

    WotzisName: thank you for your detailed report about that incident. The lady who died is my friend and colleague Florentina HEAVEN Popa... She was our Front Office Manager before in a resort in Maldives and a very nice and bubbly person. And she's very young to have such freaking accident.. Thanks to all who expressed their sympathy, condolences and prayers and to all those injured as well, I hope they will be all fine. To Flory my dear, RIP.... We love you and we will miss you. Hope Leslie and your family members are strong enough to face this tragedy.

      kate.oxley - 2012-11-08 23:30

      I would like to convey my condolences at this terrible tragedy. Nothin more to say other than it was unnecessary.

  • StreetRacer911 - 2012-11-09 08:48

    The headline of this article is rubbish. It makes it sound like there was chaos or a stampede at the concert. Meanwhile it was just a freak accident

  • ashliegh.adams - 2012-11-09 10:31

    part of life pple moes die Rest in peace

  • Olembe - 2012-11-09 10:56

    next time choose gospel concert! life will be celebrating not death.

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-11-09 12:57

    A sad refelection on Cape Town, the responsible authorities, and Linkin Park, who should have cancelled their show. 3rd world, no friggin' culture or humanity.

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