Public inquiry into Rheinmetall Denel Munition’s fatal incident continue this week
4 May 2021

The inquiry appointed by the Department of Employment and Labour to investigate events leading into the Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) fatal incidence got underway this week and will continue until Thursday.

The Department ordered the establishment of a Section 32 inquiry to investigate violations of occupational health and safety (OHS). The Rheinmetall Denel Munition fatal incident took place at Macassar in the Western Cape in 2018 when an explosion at munitions plant led to the deaths of eight workers and injury to one worker.

The commission is hearing testimony from all interested parties as to what transpired during that fatal day. Once the commission of inquiry has established what had happened, it will compile a report and send recommendations to the department's Chief Inspector who in turn will hand over the report to the National Prosecutions for consideration in case there was negligence.

A total of 27 witnesses are lined-up to testify before the Section 32 inquiry.

This week's public session which started on Monday, is being held as follows:

Time: 9:00 am 15:30 pm
Venue: Macassar Civic Centre

Media is invited to attend.

For more information, please contact:

Venessa Cupido

Acting Provincial Communication Officer in the Western Cape
082 770 8029


Musa Zondi
Acting Departmental Spokesperson

“Please continue adhering to the lockdown regulations. Wash or sanitise your hands regularly and wear your mask at all times".




Issued by: Department of Employment and Labour