Alberton collapse: Search called off

Rescue operations are expected to continue tomorrow as five people are still missing.

The scene where nine people were killed in a building that collapsed at the Meyersdal Eco Estate on 18 August 2014. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A decision has been taken to call off the search for more people who may be trapped inside a collapsed building at the Meyersdal Eco Estate, south of Johannesburg.

Eyewitness News understands that alterations were being made on the double storey house by a construction company.

It was earlier reported that nine people had died, but the death toll has now been revised to seven.

Several others have been transported to hospital.

The search is expected to continue tomorrow as five people are still missing.

Earlier, Ekurhuleni Emergency Services spokesperson William Ntladi said rescue workers would work into the night until all the workers have been accounted for.

It's not yet clear what caused the collapse but structural engineers were on the scene earlier with the police's K-9 unit to assist in the search.

The collapse also damaged one of the neighbour's houses.

Meanwhile, the Department of Labour said harsh action will be taken if negligence is found to have been the cause of the collapse.

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has conveyed her condolences to the families of the victims.

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