A segment of the ceiling between the mall and Nelson Mandela Square is believed to have given in and collapsed late in the afternoon, injuring a shopper. The witness, who wished to remain anonymous, said when she heard the sound of the collapse, she thought it was an earthquake and ran away from the noise in an attempt to find cover, Sandton Chronicle reported.
She said the area around the collapse filled with dust, and after she realised a portion of the ceiling had given way, she and the other people in the area tried to see if anyone was injured.
She confirmed a female shopper thought to be in her 20s was injured and subsequently removed her from the scene on a stretcher by paramedics. It is believed the injured woman was transported to a local hospital.
She said there were not many people near the spot where the ceiling landed at the time of the incident.
According to the eyewitness, after the incident many people rushed to the scene to see what had happened and to assist. She further speculated the collapse may have been caused by ongoing renovations in the mall.
Meanwhile, Megan Meas from centre management said a statement regarding the issue would be released soon.
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– Caxton News Service