SA minister to visit site of munitions explosion

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South Africa’s State Security Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba is expected to visit the scene of an explosion in Somerset West, outside Cape Town, on Tuesday following the deaths of eight people.

They were killed in a blast at a munitions factory late on Monday. It is not clear at this stage what caused the explosion but residents reported hearing a loud bang which rattled doors and windows.

The authorities are carrying out investigations and making sure that the site is safe.

Meanwhile, shocked community members have gathered outside the factory to show their support for families who lost their loved ones.

They will be holding prayer services during the course of the day, according to local reports.

Nneka Ukachukwu