George Building Collapse: 28 People Still Unaccounted for, Families Asked to Identify Workers

George Building Collapse: 28 People Still Unaccounted for, Families Asked to Identify Workers

  • According to the George municipality in the Western Cape, 28 people are still to be accounted for in the tragedy
  • A partially built building collapsed last week, and it claimed 24 lives, with the government pleading with relatives to assist in identifying the victims
  • South Africans commented on the tragedy, which shocked the nation and left over 10 people in hospital

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Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, covered accidents, outbreaks, nature and natural disaster-related incidents at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News for seven years.

The George municipality called on victims' families to help identify the workers
Relatives are called to help the George municipality identify relatives. Images: Willie Van Tonder/AFP via Getty Images and Jaco Marais/Die Burger/Gallo Images via Getty Images
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GEORGE, WESTERN CAPE – Just under 30 people are yet to be found under the rubble of the fatal accident in George, Western Cape, in which part of a building collapsed, killing scores of people.

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Government pleads with George building collapse victims' relatives

According to TimesLIVE, 28 people are yet to be accounted for in the collapse last week after a building that was still in construction collapsed. The George municipality has called on family members who have not heard from their relatives at the site to present themselves at the George Civic Centre. It also called on psychosocial support practitioners who speak Portuguese, Shona and Chewa, to help the survivors and their families.

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South Africans react to the collapse

Citizens on Facebook discussed the tragedy.

Bojela Sncono said:

"Remember Life Esidimeni."

Thabiso Teddy Metiso said:

"State money will be used to repatriate them."

Aria Jula said:

"The family members don't have identification themselves. That's how South Africa is today."

George Building collapse death toll rises to 24

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that the George Building collapse's death toll increased to 24.

More than a dozen survivors have been sent to the hospital with various injuries. The building collapsed on 81 workers that were on site.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: