JOHANNESBURG - A section of roof has collapsed at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg.
Johannesburg Emergency Services have confirmed at least two people remain trapped in the rubble near the main pedestrian entrance to the facility.
An eyewitness says medical personnel are waiting on the scene as workmen dig through the rubble to establish if anyone else is trapped.
Another eyewitness says it’s a frightening scene.
“The roof of the main entrance has collapsed and there are people trapped under the roof, including workers and patients. It is so scary.”
It’s understood injuries have been reported.
In the past concerns have been raised about the structural integrity of the building.
In 2015 Eyewitness News revealed that a 2012 report warned that the X-ray department must be evacuated as it could potentially collapse.
It revealed there were structural defects on the fifth floor of the building and recommended R50 million worth of urgent repairs.
But the province's then chief engineer Tsepo Matekane described that initial report as alarmist and insisted the problem was merely a localised issue which was caused by the building settling in the 1980s.
The 2012 report, authored by independent consultants, warned of structural defects on the fifth floor of the hospital that could result in possible collapse.
Matekane did his own inspection of the X-ray department and his findings differed.
"Yes, we have a defect that raises a concern. The defect has to be repaired. What actually caused the defect was simply the building settlement."
Matekane insisted the building was not going to fall down.
"In 34 years this building has still not collapsed. The building does not show any sign for it to collapse."