Six dead after inhaling toxic fumes at Durban harbour, SANDF to open inquiry

The South African Defence Force (SANDF) has confirmed that six people who died at a military facility at the Durban harbour were in fact killed by toxic gasses from a sewer pit.

Initial reports from emergency services suggested the men had fallen into the pit, but SANDF has clarified the reports.

SANDF's Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi explains three of its members had gone down into the pit to rescue Public Works Department staff who'd run into trouble.

They tried to go in and rescue those people but were overcome by the gas fumes.

Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi at Sandf

At least 22 other people have been taken to hospital after inhaling the dangerous fumes, but their current condition cannot yet be confirmed.

Mgobozi says SANDF sends its condolences to all the family members of the people who lost their lives.

He says the information regarding the tragic incident is still sketchy.

SANDF officials will later issue a detailed statemented about what happened, Mgobozi explains.

Police are investigating the incident and SANDF will also open an independent commission of inquiry.

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