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.

Take a listen to the developing story:

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
President Jacob Zuma's entire State of the Nation Address

President Jacob Zuma's entire State of the Nation Address

Here is the entire State of the Nation Address by Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa.

 Barbed wire over Parliament and security stepped up #SONA2017

Barbed wire over Parliament and security stepped up #SONA2017

Parliament has made it clear that it will deal with attempts to disrupt the President's address.

SANDF troops to play support function at Sona, says acting top cop

SANDF troops to play support function at Sona, says acting top cop

Acting police commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane says there's nothing unusual about the deployment of 441 ANDF soldiers to Parliament.

Not first time SANDF deployed at Sona, says Parly Secretary

Not first time SANDF deployed at Sona, says Parly Secretary

Aside from ceremonial officers, soldiers will only show up at Sona upon request from Saps, advises Parliament Secretary.

No threats warrant SANDF at Sona, says security expert

No threats warrant SANDF at Sona, says security expert

The Institute for Security Studies says there's no need for SANDF soldiers at Parliament; Saps are competent enough to do the job.

 Constitution does not allow soldiers to do ordinary policing - law expert

Constitution does not allow soldiers to do ordinary policing - law expert

Zuma announced that 441 SANDF soldiers will be deployed to Parliament to keep law and order when he delivers his Sona tomorrow.

EFF not deterred by SANDF soldiers and plan to 'expose Zuma' at Sona

EFF not deterred by SANDF soldiers and plan to 'expose Zuma' at Sona

EFF and DA have criticised Zuma's decision to deploy soldiers to maintain law and order during his Sona.

Popular articles
Eusebius McKaiser: Where the hell were you in the making of JZ, Mathews Phosa?

Eusebius McKaiser: Where the hell were you in the making of JZ, Mathews Phosa?

Eusebius McKaiser uses Open Line to send a message to former ANC Treasury who has recently urged Zuma to step down.

Does God exist? A debate

Does God exist? A debate

Eusebius McKaiser hosted a heated debate on God's existence with atheist Jacques Rousseau and believer Mahlatse Winston Mashua.

Sars officials sniff out 271kg of cocaine in biggest bust to date

Sars officials sniff out 271kg of cocaine in biggest bust to date

Cocaine weighing 271kg, with an estimated street value of R78 million, was confiscated by Sars officials at the OR Tambo Airport.

How Airbnb has made renting in Cape Town even more pricey

How Airbnb has made renting in Cape Town even more pricey

Property management company PayProp argues that Airbnb has driven down rental availability and driven up rental prices in the CBD.