Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi suggests a roof collapse at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg on Thursday could have been avoided and was was a cause of ‘stupidity’ on the part of the construction company hired to fix the roof.
Five people were injured when a section of the roof caved in while contractors were working on it.
According to a 2015 report by Eyewitness News, a 2012 report authored by independent consultants warned of structural defects on the fifth floor of the hospital, suggesting a possible collapse.
Watch: An inside look at Charlotte Maxeke hospital’s structural defects
On examining the site, Motsoaledi affirms the collapse was inevitable.
You don’t need to be a structural engineer. I climbed on that roof I looked at it and I see even if human beings walked on there it would collapse— Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi
There is no magic there it was just outright stupidity and that is why I am happy the MEC removed that company from doing that work— Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi
They were not even supposed to remove that crushed stone themselves because that is not the work they were hired to do. They were hired to seal.— Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi
The Democratic Alliance Shadow MEC on Health in the Gauteng, Jack Bloom says that an independent inquiry must be opened into the matter.
The warnings that were made previously about structural integrity need to be taken seriously. I think there needs to be a very urgent investigation by structural engineers of all parts of the hospital.— Democratic Alliance Shadow MEC on Health in the Gauteng, Jack Bloom
If it was such a simple thing went wrong. How did we employ such an incompetent contractor? In fact the Gauteng Infrastructure Development Department is terribly badly run and has a history of appointing contractors who often don’t finish the job on time— Democratic Alliance Shadow MEC on Health in the Gauteng, Jack Bloom
Listen to the full interview below....