A video posted on Tembisan shows debris flying over houses in the township after a tornado hit the East Rand on Tuesday afternoon.
The number of people injured in the structural collapse, including the wreck at Phumulani Mall, caused by the tornado has risen to 20.
ANA reported how month-end shoppers at the mall stood dazed as search and rescue teams pulled people out of the rubble of damaged shops.
Health department spokesman Steve Mabona said about 20 people who suffered injury at the mall had been brought to the hospital, where the tornado destroyed the fence and carports and damaged about 20 vehicles belonging to employees, as well as three ambulances.
It collapsed the roof of part of the hospital and uprooted trees, he said, but patients were spared injury.
“Fortunately, no patient or employee sustained any injury as a result thereof,” Mabona said.
“The hospital is currently attending to people who were injured at the destroyed Phumulani Mall in Tembisa, about 20 people have been transferred to the hospital.”
Mabona said ambulances from neighbouring areas had been dispatched to assist.
Spokesperson for the Ekurhuleni metro police department, Wilfred Kgasago, said the tornado struck Tembisa at about 4pm.
“At around 4pm this afternoon, a tornado hit Tembisa and damaged roofs at Phumulani Mall, Tembisa Hospital and at Total garage on RTJ Mamani Road,” Kgasago said.
– Caxton News Service