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The role of engineers in the collapse of Thongathi Mall to come under spotlight in the Department of Labour-appointed Inquiry

by lloyd last modified 2014-07-07 13:06

07-July-2014

The Department of Labour (DoL) appointed Thongathi Mall Commission of Inquiry to investigate the causes of the collapse of the mall that led to the death of two people and injury to 29 others will enter the penultimate stretch when it resumes from July 9-11.

As the inquiry edges closer to a decisive moment the spotlight will now fall on engineers and their role in regard to techniques, design and construction methods applied during the project. The latest continuation of cross examination of the witnesses and expert engineers is expected to help the Commission dissect further concrete evidence as to the core reasons why the Mall collapsed..

The objective of the Section 32 hearing, instituted by the Department of Labour, seeks to gather evidence against parties whose negligence resulted in occupational injuries and death of workers – following the collapse in November 2013 of the Thongathi Shopping Mall.

The Thongathi Mall Commission is chaired by Presiding Officer, Phumudzo Maphaha. He is assisted by co-presiding officers Sandile Kubheka and Lennie Samuel.

The hearings are being held in the North Coast Town of oThongathi at the local Municipal offices. The hearings are held between 9am to 5pm.

Witnesses and experts that have testified to date - include a foreman at the construction; sub-contractors; engineers; and eThekwini Municipality.

Issued by Department of Labour Communication Directorate:

For more information contact:

Nhlanhla X. Khumalo

KZN Provincial Spokesperson

Department of Labour

031 366 2018/ 074 589 9682

Email: nhlanhlax.khumalo@labour.gov.za


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