East Rand house collapse search continues

Johannesburg - It was still unclear on Tuesday morning how many people remained unaccounted for after a house collapsed in Alberton on Johannesburg's East Rand.

At least seven people were killed in the accident.

"We have to find out how many people were there and how many people are still missing, but for now the search will continue until we can verify those issues," Ekurhuleni emergency services spokesperson William Ntladi said.

"So far we have 11 people that survived, eight have been hospitalised and seven people died. The search was called off late last (Monday) night. For now we can say the search will continue."

He said the search would resume on Tuesday at 10:00 the latest.

On Monday, the number of people killed was revised to seven, from nine.

Part of a house in the Meyersdal Eco Estate in Alberton collapsed while builders were working on it on Monday morning.

The upmarket estate was also in the news earlier this month when two giraffes were removed from there. The giraffes 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.

Peter Mclaren 2014-08-19 08:12:03 AM
lets hear who the contractor is and who the building inspector is who was last on site, if the inspector was on site..
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-19 08:20:03 AM
News in this morning contractor dont know how many workers were on site on 702 this is pathetic how can you as a contractor NOT know how many workers you have at a site that already indicates the first sign of poor craftmanship
Linda Ellis 2014-08-19 08:20:40 AM
Since when is Alberton the East rand
Marco Motaung 2014-08-19 08:21:04 AM
what is the name of the complex?who where collapes yesterday?
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-19 08:23:54 AM
Jack that is a very incensitive comment you made how wouldyou feel if one of your relatives were killed in a car accident and some one commented leave them there saves burial costs please think before you leave comments
Aweh Mense 2014-08-19 08:29:33 AM
Why wasn't this a 24hr rescue/search in other countries nobody would knock off at 5pm in an emergency ... Sickening !!!
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-19 08:46:41 AM
Aweh i agree it is pathetic just imagine how cold blooded one must be to turn away knowning that there might be a surviver trapped under the rubble
Hemlock 2014-08-19 09:01:39 AM
Concern 2014-08-19 09:24:06 AM
its so sad when something like this happen, one thing they must is to send the engineers to check that the slab was enough to hold the upper wall, this is as same whem they finished the house was still gonna fall for its owner
Dwayne Van Zyl 2014-08-19 09:50:36 AM
Alberton is not in the East rand but ok then