Scores Trapped Following Deadly Building Collapse In S'Africa

A rescue operation is currently ongoing in South Africa after a five-storey building under construction collapsed, leaving at least two people dead and another 53 trapped.

Officials in George, Western Cape province, report 22 people were rescued from the crash site and taken to hospital.

Africa Today News, New York gathered that a team of 75 crew were on the site when the building collapsed on Monday.

The cause of the incident in the coastal city is being investigated.

The building crumbled at 14:09 local time (12:09 GMT), Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said.

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“Seventy-five members of construction crew have been confirmed on site at that time of the incident,” he added.

Emergency services were seen rushing to the scene to search for survivors in the city 450km (279 miles) east of Cape Town.

Two of the 22 people pulled from the wreckage later died of their injuries.

“Our thoughts are with the families and all those affected who continue to wait for word of their loved ones,” said George Mayor Ald Van Wyk.

The officials say they have been able to establish contact with some of those trapped, and heavy lifting equipment and sniffer dogs have been brought in to assist the operation.

Photos have emerged showing a completely flattened construction site, with parts of the building’s roof laying atop the rubble.

“I saw one guy was working and then ‘boom’ and I saw the whole building collapsed… I’m also traumatised. It is very sad,” local councillor Theresa Jeyi was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.

In another report, the Speaker of the South African, Parliament Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, has been charged with 12 counts of corruption and one count of money laundering, Africa Today News, New York reports. 

The 67-year-old appeared in court after surrendering herself to the police station yesterday morning. Her arraignment followed her resignation due to an investigation into alleged corruption during her tenure as defense minister.

She was granted bail by a Pretoria court after losing a bid to prevent authorities from arresting her earlier this week.

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