Roof collapses at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital

An eyewitness says medical personnel are waiting on the scene as workmen dig through the rubble to establish if anyone else is trapped.

Picture: Supplied by doctor.

JOHANNESBURG - A section of roof has collapsed at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg.

Johannesburg Emergency Services have confirmed at least two people remain trapped in the rubble near the main pedestrian entrance to the facility.

An eyewitness says medical personnel are waiting on the scene as workmen dig through the rubble to establish if anyone else is trapped.

Another eyewitness says it’s a frightening scene.

“The roof of the main entrance has collapsed and there are people trapped under the roof, including workers and patients. It is so scary.”

It’s understood injuries have been reported.

In the past concerns have been raised about the structural integrity of the building - especially in the X-ray department on the fifth floor.

Thursday’s roof collapse occurred on the same floor, but not close to the X-ray department.

In 2015, Eyewitness News revealed that a 2012 report had warned that the X-ray department must be evacuated as it could potentially collapse.

The report revealed there were structural defects on the fifth floor and recommended R50 million worth of urgent repairs.

In 2015, the province's then chief engineer Tsepo Matekane described the initial report as alarmist and insisted the problem was merely a localised issue which was caused by the building settling in the 1980s.

"Yes, we have a defect that raises a concern. The defect has to be repaired. What actually caused the defect was simply the building settlement."

Matekane told EWN at the time that the building showed no sign of collapse.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance warned in 2016 of water leaks in the building and again questioned its structural integrity.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been amended to clarify that Thursday's collapse did not happen in the X-ray department, where questions about structural integrity had previously been raised.