Death of 3 children a reminder of the social ills of illegal occupation - Gauteng MEC

2018-04-09 22:27
(File, Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(File, Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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

Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements Dikgang Uhuru Moiloa has sent his condolences to the families of three children, who died after a wall collapsed at a dilapidated building they occupied in Doornfontein, Johannesburg on Monday.

The children were aged between three and 10.

According to Moiloa, about 100 families occupied the building illegally at the time.

"It was established that the building was illegally occupied and not suitable for human habitation."

READ: Three children die after wall collapses in abandoned Joburg building

Moiloa said all occupants were removed from the building and added that the rest of the "dangerous structure" was demolished to prevent a further collapse.

"It is not only sad and tragic, that yet another set of children had to die under such horrific circumstances as a clear reminder of the social ills of illegal occupation."

Arrangements were under way to secure alternative accommodation for the families who lived there.

"The entire building remains in an unstable condition and poses several safety risks due to the heavy rains, the illegal water and electrical connections, and the overall structural state of the building."

Read more on:    johannesburg

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.

Inside News24

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.