Johannesburg - The families living in an abandoned building which partially collapsed in the city centre, killing three children, had been asking for emergency accommodation for eight months, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (Seri) revealed on Tuesday.
Two other children aged five and six were injured when a wall collapsed on Monday at a building on the corner of Davis and Rockey Streets in Doornforntein. The three deceased were aged three, five and 10.
Nomzamo Zondo, director of litigation at Seri, which represents around 300 shack dwellers at the buildings from number 39 to 41 along Davies Street, admitted the residents were aware that the building was unsafe.
"Since mid-2017, Seri has been pressing the City of Johannesburg to provide the residents with emergency accommodation, which would have allowed them to move out of the dangerous building to safer accommodation elsewhere," Zondo said in a statement.