Department of Employment and Labour to hold last sitting of the public inquiry into the Rheinmetall Denel Munition’s fatal incident – Western Cape
1 April 2022

The final sitting of the Department of Employment and Labour-appointed inquiry into the events leading up to the fatal incident at Rheinmetall Denel Munitions (RDM) in 2018 will begin on Monday, 04 April 2022.

The fatal incident occurred at the Rheinmetall Denel Munition N16 plant in Macassar, Western Cape Province when an explosion resulted in the lives of eight workers being taken and one injured.

The Department has since ordered the establishment of a Section 32 inquiry to investigate possible violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

Since the establishment of the inquiry, twenty-six (26) witnesses have taken the stand to give evidence before the commission which sat in May and October 2021 respectively.

The commission’s Presiding Officer Mphumzi Dyulete said the last sitting will hear testimony from the last six (6) witnesses comprising two technical experts.

Interested parties in the inquiry include the employer, employees, organised labour, family members, and the Department of Employment and Labour.

Following this last sitting, the commission is set to compile a report and recommendations which will be handed to the Department’s Chief Inspector for consideration.

Details of the public inquiry are as follows:

Date: Monday, 4 April 2022

Time: 09h00

Venue: Old Civic Hall, Brug Street, Macassar


For media inquiries, contact:

Mapula Tloubatla

Provincial Communications Officer: Western Cape

060 989 7509/


Teboho Thejane

Departmental Spokesperson

082 697 0694/



Issued by: Department of Employment and Labour