Thongathi (Tongaat) Mall contractor to take a stand as Department of Labour-appointed Commission of inquiry nears conclusion


The penultimate session of public hearings of the Department of Labour-appointed Commission of Inquiry into the structural collapse of the Thongathi (Tongaat) Mall will resume on February 10-12 following a recent recess.

Expected to take a stand will be the Mall’s contractor, and Chief Executive of Gralio Contractor Precast (Pty) Ltd Mr Jay Singh – who will be led into presenting his evidence.   

The Thongathi Mall Commission of Inquiry was appointed following the structural collapse of the Mall that led to the death of two workers and injury to 29. The Section 32 hearing, was instituted by the Department of Labour in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act - to gather evidence on negligence that may have resulted in occupational injuries and death of workers.

To date parties that have appeared before the Inquiry include: the foreman, engineers, supervisor, property developer, workers, eThekwini Municipality, safety consultant, sub-contractors and steel fixer.

The Thongathi Mall structural collapse took place on 19 November 2013. The Commission of Inquiry started its work of gathering evidence on 11 February 2014.

The Thongathi Commission of Inquiry is held at the North Coast Town’s Municipality offices. The Inquiry starts at 9am.


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