TONGAAT MALL INQUIRY RESUMES
By: Nomvula Ndlovu
The commission of inquiry set up to investigate the collapse of the Tongaat Mall, which claimed the lives of two people, is set to resume this morning.
Two-people were killed and 29-others were injured when a mall under construction collapsed in the North Coast town in November last year.
When proceedings resume, the commission is expected to hear testimony from workers who were below the concrete slab during the collapse, eThekwini municipal representatives, engineers from all parties and the engineer amongst others.
The commission chaired by Phumudzo Maphaha has already heard from foreman on the construction site, Ronnie Pillay.
Sub-contractors, Rishen Naidoo and Ismail van Zyl, and engineer Robert Young have also testified.
“With the commission’s evidence work gathering momentum the spotlight of the session will fall on the further cross-examination of witnesses and experts,” KwaZulu-Natal labour department spokesman Nhlanhla Khumalo said in a statement.
The commission is expected to prepare a report of its findings and formulate recommendations to be presented to the labour inister and National Prosecuting Authority for consideration.
The hearings will be held from June 4 to 6.