Eight young South Africans have been killed in an explosion at the Rheinmetall Denel Munition - manufacturers of ammunition for heavy weapons - near Somerset West in the Western Cape.

ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley today said that, “The ACDP grieves the loss of these young men in the prime of their lives and extends heartfelt condolences to their families and friends. This is a tragic loss for the country.”

Four persons were confirmed to have sustained fatal injuries, with firefighters searching for six others who are reported to be missing. The cause of the explosion has not yet been determined.

15 firefighters with three fire engines were at the incident. Dudley said, “The ACDP salutes the brave firefighters on the scene and all the men and women throughout the country risking their lives to protect others. We also mourn the tragic loss of firefighters in Gauteng yesterday.”


ISSUED BY: CHERYLLYN DUDLEY MP

6 September 2018