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Alberton collapse: Homeowners speak out

Seven people were killed and 11 others injured when a concrete slab under construction collapsed.

At least 26 construction workers were on site when a concrete slab under construction collapsed at a house in the Meyersdal Eco Estate on 18 August 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The owners of a house that collapsed in Meyersdal say the construction was performed in accordance with plans designed and approved by a professional engineer.

Seven people were killed and 11 others injured when a concrete slab under construction collapsed

at a house in the Meyersdal Eco Estate.

At least 26 construction workers were on site at the time of the accident.

Speaking through their attorney, Mr and Mrs Cumming say a professional contractor was involved.

"The construction was performed by a contractor who was registered with the National Home Builder Registration Council and approved by a professional engineer."

However, the City of Ekurhuleni's Bernard Nikani says their investigations reveal that these renovation plans were illegal.

"The property owner made extensions which were not in accordance with the plans that were approved so that is illegal practice."

The search for more bodies still stuck under the rubble has been called off indefinitely.

Earlier, surviving construction workers described how they felt completely helpless after watching their colleagues die.

Japhta Phiri is among 11 men who survived the collapse.

He said while he is grateful that he escaped with his life, he is saddened by the loss of his colleagues.

Video: Alberton building collapse.

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