Marquee collapses - scores hurt

2010-05-28 17:38

Durban - Scores of people, including schoolchildren, were hurt when a marquee collapsed during the launch of child protection week in Driefontein in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday, a social welfare official said.

Social welfare spokesperson Sifiso Buthelezi said: "There were about 10 000 people in the marquee 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 the crowd.

β€œHe was still in the holding room when the incident happened. He was about to enter the marquee when it collapsed,” he said.

Buthelezi said the injured had been taken to various hospitals and the launched had been postponed until further notice.