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Soweto building collapse toll climbs

Four people have been killed and five others injured after the abandoned building caved in.

After many years of vandals stripping the steel structures at the old Orlando power station, it finally collapsed on 25 June 2014. Picture: iWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS) are trying to retrieve three more bodies from the rubble of a collapsed building in Soweto.

Four people have been killed and five others injured when the abandoned building caved in on Wednesday.

After many years of vandals stripping the steel structures at the old Orlando power station, it finally collapsed on 25 June 2014. Picture: iWN.

Cable thieves allegedly tried to strip the building of materials to sell when it collapsed.

While officials managed to extract one of the bodies from the rubble, the latest discovery means the situation is more delicate than originally thought.

Community members awaiting possible news of the whereabouts of their loved ones will have a long wait ahead.

This as police try and identify the remains.

It's unclear if there are any survivors at this stage.

While the identities of the deceased are not yet known, a Boksburg woman had to be moved away from the scene earlier as she wailed in sorrow.

Gauteng Cooperative Governance MEC Jacob Mamabolo has commended EMS officials for their rescue efforts.

Authorities have now been at the scene for over 34 hours.

The MEC left after sending his condolences to those affected by the incident.