Yesterday we saw one of the Governments hospital Charlotte Maxeke go down during their construction upgrade.
Structural defects, including persistent ceiling leaks because of faulty heating pipes, have long plagued the hospital with reports surfacing as far back as 2012 that the hospital was at risk of collapse. The Gauteng Department of Health was in the process of fixing these defects, with R16,9 billion spent during the past financial year alone on a repair project for the sprawling hospital complex.
Its now been 22 hours since the collapse and Johannesburg – Emergency services have completed a search and rescue operation for people who may still have been trapped.
Nana Radebe said that at least seven people had been injured. The Gauteng Ramokgopa said the hospital was fully functional and all services were available. An investigation will continue despite the main contractor contract being terminated with immediate effect .