Eight killed in blast at South African munitions depot

The plant is about 28 miles east of central Cape Town

The plant is about 28 miles east of central Cape Town

"The City's Fire and Rescue Service responded to Rheinmetall Denel Munitions Factory at 15:45".

The incident has claimed the lives of eight people.

According to the African News Agency, Cape Town fire official Theo Layne says eight people died.

"Four persons are confirmed to have sustained fatal injuries and firefighters are now carrying out search and rescue for a further six persons".

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There's not yet been any cause established for the explosion. "Now 15 firefighters with 3 fire engines are at the incident‚" Lane said.

A further four people were pronounced dead after their bodies were recovered from the factory. There are two survivors of the blast, who have now been rushed to the hospital.

Netwerk24 reported in January this year that at least five farms within a 3km radius were evacuated after a gas leak at a RDM site between Wellington and Hermon in the Western Cape. The cause has not yet been determined.

Rheinmetall holds a 51 percent stake and Denel has a 49 percent shareholding.

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