Probe Tongaat mall collapse - Cabinet

2013-11-21 14:38
Rescue workers at the site of a collapsed mall construction site in Tongaat. (Giordano Stolley, Sapa)

Rescue workers at the site of a collapsed mall construction site in Tongaat. (Giordano Stolley, Sapa)

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Cape Town - Cabinet wants a rigorous investigation into the Tongaat mall collapse, Public Service Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Thursday.

Briefing media following the executive's regular fortnightly meeting, Sisulu said Cabinet expressed condolences to the family and friends of the woman killed and people injured at the Tongaat mall construction site on Tuesday.

"Cabinet emphasised that there are labour laws which protect the rights of workers and condemned those responsible for the disaster," she said.

"Cabinet insisted that the matter be followed up rigorously."

A large section of the mall, which was under construction, collapsed on Tuesday, killing a woman and injuring 29 people.

Search and rescue operations were called off temporarily on Wednesday as the labour department took over control of the site.

It emerged on Wednesday that contractors had gone ahead with construction despite not obtaining building approval from the eThekwini municipality.

The municipality has since appointed a registered engineer to determine why part of the structure collapsed.

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