On Thursday, the roof of a two-storey building in Dr Pixley Isaka Seme Street collapsed in the Durban CBD injuring nine people, including a 3-year-old toddler.
The ceiling and floor of the upper level had collapsed, together with the ceiling of the first floor. They are believed to have been constructed from corrugated sheeting.
“Paramedics arrived on the scene and found members of the public extricating people out of the rubble, including a three-year-old child,” Rescue Care spokesperson Garrith Jamieson confirmed.
According to KwaZulu-Natal emergency medical services spokesperson Robert McKenzie, the exact reason for the structural collapse has not been determined yet. He added that, of all the trapped victims, only eight had to be transported to hospital.
The eThekwini Municipality has since locked the building and requested the owner to fix it.