by Sharmaine Sewshanker - DA EThekwini Councillor
The Democratic Alliance (DA) sends condolences to the family of a worker who was fatally wounded when a concrete slab of the Noor building collapsed in Durban Central this morning.
On our arrival, we witnessed that numerous shop owners and shoppers were trapped when this slab collapsed. The entire concrete slab fell onto a walkway used by pedestrians.
This incident amplifies the issue of problem buildings in the city. The engineers are currently questioning one of the owners with regards to this unfortunate incident. The structure appears to have several defects and raises questions about how maintenance and inspections are being carried out.
The deceased was a worker in one of the shops in the building.
The DA has long called for the Municipality to take action and enforce the city’s Problem Buildings by-law which has not been adequately enforced, causing an immense risk to innocent people.