Funerals for Denel explode victims to be finalized after identities are confirmed



Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has officially confirmed that eight employees died during the blast two weeks ago.

Two of the victims of the Denel ammunition explosion in Somerset West, Jason Hartzenberg (left) Jamie Haydricks (right). Image: Kevin Brandt / EWN

CAPE TOWN – The identity of the workers who were killed in a munitions factory explosion have been made public.

Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has officially confirmed that eight employees died during the blast two weeks ago.

Testing of ammunition at the factory outside of Somerset West started again this week and experts have assured nearby communities that the depot does not entail risks.

The youngest person killed during the tragedy was the 19-year-old Bradley Tandy. Stevon Roberts, 51 years old, was the oldest.

The others confirmed that they had died: Jason Hartzenberg, Triston David, Jamie Haydricks, Thandolwethu Mankayi, Mxolisi Sigadla and Nico Samuels.

Several memorials have been kept, but now that their identity has been confirmed, their families can now complete funeral arrangements.

Since the explosion, high-level corporate and government officials, including Pravin Gordhan, the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, have visited the affected families and concerned communities.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)


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