There were plenty of tears for Florentina Heaven-Popa, 33, when it was officially confirmed that she was the tragic victim to have lost her life after scaffolding came down during gale force winds on Wednesday at Cape Town Stadium.
Heaven-Popa, who was from Hout Bay, was a senior executive at the One & Only hotel. She was the training and quality assurance manager at the hotel. She died of severe head wounds.
The One & Only said of her:
[She was a] highly respected member of the One&Only Cape Town team, who will be deeply missed by all her colleagues. Everyone at One & Only Cape Town send their deepest condolences to her family.
Her grieving husband, Leslie Heaven, had been at the concert with his wife, but did not want to say much more than the fact that he was going to be taking legal action:
We will be taking legal action, and thus do not want to comment further.
Other families of those injured, including a 15-year-old that had fractured two vertebrae, were also investigating what legal action they could take.
Mayor Patricia de Lille confirmed yesterday that the city of Cape Town had launched an independent investigation into the events leading up to Heaven-Popa’s death.
I would also like to give the assurance that the city has moved proactively to institute an independent external investigation into the causes of the incident.
The Argus cited a spokesperson for UK-based pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), which manufactures Lucozade:
Our main concern now is with the immediate family of the deceased and the injured. A full investigation is under way and we will co-operate fully with authorities looking into the matter.
The spokesperson also reiterated that all the correct procedures had been followed with regard to safety specifics as required by the city and the concert organisers.
In the video report below, two structural engineers told eNCA that they didn’t feel that the scaffolding structure had been properly secured.
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