S.Africa: 69 hurt in job stampede
Johannesburg – Sixty-nine people were confirmed injured, one critically, in a stampede at a Transnet office in Bloemfontein on Friday, said the Free State department of health.
“People stormed an exam room at around 08:00,” said spokesperson Jabu Mbalula.
Thousands of job seekers flocked to Transnet’s school of rail hoping to get jobs advertised in the local newspaper, he said.
No deaths were reported.
“The situation is calm now and the area has been cleared.”
Paramedics found chaos when they arrived on the scene, said Netcare 911 spokesperson Chris Botha.
“People were lying all over the place and some were screaming and crying,” he said.
“A woman sustained critical head injuries and was transported to the Pelonomi Hospital.”
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