7 Zimbabweans Among 33 Killed In South Africa Building Collapse

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GEORGE – SOUTH AFRICA – Seven Zimbabweans were among 33 people who died when a building collapsed in George, Western Cape, South Africa on May 6th, leaving many families in mourning.

According to a statement released by the Garden Route District Joint Operations Command and George Municipality, 62 people were rescued from the rubble, while 15 South Africans, 19 Mozambicans, 7 Zimbabweans, 13 Malawians, 5 Sotho, and 1 permanent resident were among the deceased.

The building, which was reportedly under construction, collapsed suddenly, trapping many people inside. 

Emergency services responded quickly, and a joint operations center was established to coordinate the rescue efforts.

“The success of the rescue efforts undertaken after the building collapse can be largely attributed to the critical actions taken during the first 48 hours,” said a spokesperson for the Garden Route District Municipality. “During this period, rescuers performed their operations with remarkable precision by ensuring victims were safely removed from the incident.”

The rescue efforts were carried out by a team of experts from various agencies, including the South African Police Service, the Department of Labour and Employment, and the Garden Route District Municipality.

The scene has been handed over to the South African Police Service for a formal investigation, which will be followed by an inquiry by the Department of Labour and Employment.

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