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Alberton collapse: Everyone accounted for

Emergency services say the 26 construction workers who were on site have all been accounted for.

The scene where 7 people were killed in a building that collapsed at the Meyersdal Eco Estate on 18 August, 2014. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Emergency services say the 26 construction workers who were on the site of a collapsed house in Meyersdal have all been accounted for.

Emergency services spokesperson Themba Gadebe says all the construction workers have been accounted for.

Seven people were killed and 11 others injured when the building caved in at the Meyersdal Eco Estate yesterday.

An investigation by the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality's Planning Department has found the double storey house was being built illegally.

It's still not clear what caused the collapse but the department has warned that the owner of the house and the two construction companies contracted to renovate it, have a number of questions to answer.

The city says a building plan was approved for the house in 2006, but an initial investigation has discovered that another illegal section was erected which is the section that collapsed.

The Department of Labour has warned of harsh consequences if negligence is found to have played a part in the deadly collapse.

The search for those believed to still be trapped under the rubble resumed this morning.

Video: Alberton building collapse.

Meanwhile, a decision is expected to be taken soon over whether the owner of the house and the construction companies involved will be prosecuted.

The City of Ekurhuleni says once their investigation is complete a report will be handed over to the relevant departments for a decision on whether to prosecute.

Spokesperson Bernard Nikani says, "Once we've certified that there are no more bodies, we will hand it [the case] over to the police and the Department of Labour."

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