Tuesday, 21 January 2014 15:45

Department of Labour inquiry into mall collapse

The labour department has announced that a commission of inquiry into the mall collapse in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal, in November will begin next month.

The department's occupational health and safety manager has been appointed to preside over the commission, which will investigate events leading to the collapse of the Mall.

  • A total of R2 million was expected to be spent in the commission's work, which was expected to be concluded in six months.
  • A section of the mall, which was under construction, collapsed in November.
  • A woman was killed and 29 people were injured.
  • The municipality became aware that there was construction going on at the site and inspectors were sent there before the matter ultimately went to court.
  • The municipality had appointed a registered engineer to determine why the structure had collapsed.