Joburg hospital collapse: Shocked witnesses describe scene

Part of the roof of the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital‚ in Johannesburg has collapsed.

While details are sketchy‚ emergency services and the Gauteng Department of Health confirmed that it was a structural collapse.

A fifteen-year-old girl‚ who didn’t want her name used‚ said she was “lost for words” as the roof collapsed just as she was about to enter the hospital.

“I was late for my appointment at the dentist. I was about to go in when it happened.

“In my mind‚ I didn’t think the roof would fall. I’m lost for words‚” she said.

“All I saw was the roof collapse‚ and then there was a lot of dust. I could just hear people scream and then we came outside‚” she said.

“I’m glad I wasn’t trapped inside‚ but I still feel really bad for the people trapped inside.”

Another woman who only identified herself as Nomsa‚ said she was standing near the lift when she heard a noise‚ saw some dust and then a louder noise.

“I heard a bang and then the roof collapsed. I was on my way to the pharmacy when it happened. I’m glad I didn’t make it all the way in‚” she said.

The Gauteng Department of Health issued a statement confirming there had been a structural collapse at the hospital.

“The collapse took place in the passage near maternity department on the hospital street. At this stage we can neither confirm the number of injuries nor what caused the collapse.

“Emergency Medical Services are at the scene. The Department will update the public continuously as we get more information on the incident‚” the department said in a statement.

A video by Twitter user Werner Vermaak and posted on the social network shows the aftermath of the collapse.

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