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Malema to Visit Site of George Building Collapse that Claimed 33 Lives

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By Thabo Masilo – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) President Julius Malema is set to visit the site of the devastating building collapse in George municipality today at 4 pm. This tragic event, which occurred on the 6th of May 2024, resulted in the loss of 33 lives, with several others left critically injured. Malema’s visit comes in the wake of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s inspection of the disaster site and his engagement with the families of those affected last Thursday.

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During his visit, President Ramaphosa assured the nation that there will be accountability for the disaster, emphasising that uncovering the truth behind this catastrophe will take time but is of utmost importance.

The George building collapse has not only been a scene of immense tragedy but also of extraordinary heroism, as detailed by a joint media statement from Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and Local Government, Environmental Affairs, and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell. They announced the conclusion of the rescue and recovery operation, which spanned 260 gruelling hours. The operation saw over 1,000 rescue, support, and volunteer workers tirelessly navigating through more than 6,000 tons of rubble in their quest to save lives.

“The efforts of our disaster management teams and volunteers have been nothing short of heroic, facing this tremendous challenge with unwavering determination,” Winde stated, expressing deep sorrow for the lives lost and extending his heartfelt condolences to their families.

Remarkably, the number of people present at the site during the collapse has been revised down from 81 to 62, a fact that Winde finds some solace in, as it means fewer families are mourning. Out of these, 34 individuals were rescued from the debris, though sadly, five later succumbed to their injuries in hospital. Currently, ten victims are still receiving care in hospital, while 19 have been discharged or treated on-site.

The focus now turns to the ongoing investigation initiated by the provincial government to ascertain the cause of the collapse. “This tragedy demands a thorough investigation. We owe it to the victims and their families to uncover the truth and ensure such an incident never happens again,” stated Winide, asserting the commitment to holding those accountable.

Premier Winde also praised the incredible spirit of unity and compassion shown by the residents of the province during this difficult time, highlighting the community’s support as a beacon of hope amidst the tragedy.


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