Search for bodies continues at collapsed house

2014-08-18 20:05
(Picture: ER24)

(Picture: ER24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Sniffer dogs were being used to search for bodies in the rubble at a house which collapsed at the Meyersdal Eco Estate in Alberton, south-east of Johannesburg, on Monday.

"In the beginning we counted five bodies and then we found another three," Ekurhuleni emergency services spokesperson William Ntladi said.

Subsequently another body was found, bringing the total to nine. Eight injured people were taken to hospital.

A side of the house collapsed while builders were working on it on Monday morning.

Ntladi said there were two contractors on site.

One said there were 24 builders, but emergency services were still trying to get information from the other contractor.

"The search is still continuing. We are trying to find out how many people are missing. Until we get the number of people who were on site we will continue to search," he said.

There were conflicting reports of how many people had been injured and were still missing.

Earlier, Netcare 911 said nine people had been injured. ER24 paramedics said two of the 27 workers who had been on the site were still missing.

The labour department said it had sent inspectors to investigate the building collapse. They would issue a preliminary report on the cause of the accident.

The estate confirmed the accident.

"Today, at approximately 10:30, a structure at the house of one of our residents which was undergoing alterations collapsed," it said in a statement.

"Emergency services are still involved in rescue operations and the families of the affected workers have yet to be informed."

At the entrance to the upmarket estate non-residents were questioned about their reasons for being there before they were allowed access.

Some were turned away.

Two giraffes were removed from the estate last month. They were being transported in a truck on the N1 highway when one of them hit its head on a bridge and died.

Last week, the Gauteng agriculture department said the estate was being investigated over whether it had the correct permits to bring in and keep giraffes.

- Are you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos.

Read more on:    netcare 911  |  er24  |  johannesburg  |  search and rescue

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Men.24 Model of the Week: Wendy from Cape Town

Find out more about our featured model, Wendy from Cape Town


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.