Thongathi (Tongaat) Mall parties to present heads of argument later in March before the Department of Labour appointed Inquiry

BY SUPPLIED - MARCH 6, 2015

The Thongathi Mall Structural Collapse Commission of Inquiry yesterday (March 5) wrapped its evidence gathering following the cross-examination of Jay Singh, Chief Executive of Gralio Precast the contractor behind the doomed Thongathi Mall, and the Commission will round of its work on March 27 with a presentation of heads of argument by all parties.

Presiding Officer, Phumudzo Maphaha, said he will need at least 30 days thereafter to complete his report, which he would hand over to the Labour Minister; Mildred Oliphant and National Directorate of Public Prosectution (NDPP) for its decision. Maphaha said once he has completed his report a decision on the future of the Mall would be decided.

The site of the Mall is currently in the hands of the Department of Labour, following a prohibition notice served after the collapse of the Mall.

The Commission of Inquiry was appointed following the collapse of the Mall in 2013 that led to the death of two workers and injury to 29. The Commission started gathering evidence on February 2014. 

The Section 32 hearing, was instituted by the Department of Labour in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act - to gather evidence against parties whose negligence resulted in occupational injuries and death of workers.

 The Thongathi Commission of Inquiry was held at the North Coast Town’s Municipality offices.

Meanwhile, Maphaha has also announced that the Meyersdal Structural Collapse Inquiry has almost completed its report writing. He said the matter was headed for Courts.