Tongaat mall inquiry to resume this week

02 December 2014

The inquiry into the Tongaat mall collapse, in which two people died and 29 were injured, will continue this week, the Department of Labour says.

The Tongaat mall engineer would testify before the commission of inquiry about his “models”, spokesman Masede Mosima said in a statement.

“Dr Andre Ballack, the structural engineer from Axiom Consulting Engineers, who was responsible for the design of the doomed Thongathi mall, will on Thursday and Friday give his testimony before the commission on the causes of the structural collapse of the mall.”

The commission was appointed shortly after part of the structure collapsed during construction on November 19 last year. It has held hearings since February and is expected to conclude its work in the first quarter of 2015.

On March 10, the commission and engineers conducted a site visit to the mall that was being constructed by Gralio Precast.

Permission to build the mall was never obtained and the eThekwini Municipality had obtained a court order stopping the development. However, building continued and the mall had been scheduled to open in March this year.


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