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Structural collapse claims the life of off-duty Durban officer during heavy rains

A police constable was killed when the house she, her son and roommates were in collapsed due to heavy rains and debris.

A police constable was killed when the house she, her son and roommates were in collapsed due to heavy rains and debris.

Published Apr 12, 2022

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Durban - A police constable was killed when the property she, her son and room-mates were in collapsed due to heavy rains and debris on Lotus Road in Springfield.

Sydenham police reported an inquest docket was opened at the station for investigation.

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Police said at about 1.30am on Tuesday, a police constable attached to Durban Central SAPS, was off-duty at her home with her five-year-old son and her room-mates when heavy rainfall caused a landslide.

“Trees and rocks were washed away by heavy rains that caused the officer’s residence to fall. The house was therefore washed away with the officer inside. The room-mates managed to evacuate the house together with the officer’s son, and unfortunately the officer couldn't make it to safety,” police said.

The eThekwini Fire Department, K9, Metro Police and other police officers attended the scene in search of the officer.

“At about 11am, the officer was found stuck in the debris and had died,” police said.

Earlier, ALS Paramedics spokesperson Garrith Jamieson had said that on Lotus Road, in the Springfield area, multiple people were entrapped and SAPS Search and Rescue were working at the scene.

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