Meyersdal: Fingers pointed at Romicon

A meeting will take place between families of those killed in the collapse and construction company, Romicon.

The Meyersdal building collapse where seven construction workers have been confirmed dead. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A meeting is expected to take place today between the construction company involved in renovations of the double-storey house in Meyersdal that collapsed and the families of the workers who died on site.

Seven people were killed and several others were injured.

The two-day search for more bodies trapped in the rubble was called off on Tuesday, with emergency crews saying all the workers were accounted for.

"Yes I am grateful but it was so sad to see my friends die that way. To see them lying there and there was nothing I could do."

Another survivor, Samuel Motaung, says the construction company must take full responsibility for the collapse.

"I think the company should take full responsibility for this. We don't know if they have started any arrangements but the responsibility is on them."

At the same time, friends and family of the seven killed in the building collapse say they are in a desperate situation, as the men were the bread winners and they have left behind young children.

They say their situation now is a difficult one.

Dudu Mthembu's brother in law Frans Kekana is one of the men who were killed in Monday's collapse.

She says the construction company, Romicon, has promised to assist them financially with the funerals.

"We are meeting with Romicon management today, to discuss funeral arrangements and costs. They promised to give us money."

Investigations by the Ekurhuleni city planning department have revealed that the renovations at the house were illegal.

However, the owners of the house insist the construction was performed in accordance with plans designed by a professional engineer.