Tongaat Mall collapse: commission hears final arguments

01 April 2015

The Department of Labour’s commission of enquiry into the cause of the partial collapse of the Tongaat Mall has ended and its recommendations will be sent to the National Prosecuting Authority in the next 60 days.

Its report, to be compiled by inquiry chairman Phumudzo Maphaha and his co-presiding officers, Lenny Samuel and Sandile Kubheka, would only be made public should the NPA decide to prosecute.

The partial collapse of the mall in November 2013, left two workers dead and 29 injured.

Final arguments from all parties involved, were heard on Friday.

While the municipality asked the commission to consider demolishing the structure and for the mall developer to start afresh with applying for approval of its building plans, the design engineer and the contractor again placed blame on the other.

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