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Thongathi Mall engineer to appear again before Commission of inquiry

OCTOBER 20, 2014
Thongathi Mall engineer to appear again before Commission of inquiry

The Department of Labour-appointed Commission of Inquiry into the structural collapse of the Thongathi Mall will proceed on Wednesday (October 22) with further testimony from engineers led by Professor V. Marshal, a former Professor in the structural engineering faculty at the University of Pretoria, whose company conducted compressive tests and was responsible for recording and interpretation of measurements.

He will be followed by Andre Ballack, the structural Engineer from Axion Consulting Engineers, who was responsible for a structural design of the doomed Mall.  

The engineers are expected to give further testimony on the results of the tests done following the collapse of the Thongathi Mall. The commissioner has cited some strange developments on the test results, which the engineers would have to be crossed examined upon.

The second day, October 23 will be reserved for a further visit to the site led by Forensic Investigator and assistant Commissioner, Mr Lennie Samuel.  The last day, on Friday, 24 October will proceed with further testimony from Engineers.

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.

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