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South Africans Call for Cape Town City Engineer’s Arrest After Balcony Falls, leaving 21 Injured

South Africans have called for the arrest of the city engineer after a balcony in Cape Town collapsed, leaving people injured.

The incident happened at the Athletic Club and Social in the city’s CBD on 2 November.

According to SABC News, the balcony collapsed and injured several people, structural engineers and inspectors have been dispatched to investigate the incident, but it is believed that the balcony may have been overloaded with people, pictures taken at the scene show that the balcony was completely detached from the rest of the building.

The balcony appeared to have been made mostly out of wood, as the pictures show people attending to the balcony and taking it apart. Scores of people surrounded the scene, and those who were injured were taken to hospitals in Cape Town to be treated.

eNCA reported that 21 people were injured at the scene, heritage Building maintenance manager Rashied Kamaldien pointed out that the building was old and the balcony was not designed to withstand the kind of weight that was placed on it.

Source- Briefly – South African News

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