Inquiry into Tongaat mall collapse to start in the new year

2013-12-18 10:34

An inquiry into the Tongaat mall collapse – in which two construction workers died and 29 were injured – will begin next month.

“The inquiry will take place during the second or third week of January,” KwaZulu-Natal labour department spokesperson Nhlanhla Khumalo told the Sowetan.

He reportedly said officials had until the end of this month to finalise a report on the collapse of the mall.

The national labour department had appointed a presiding officer to head a Section 32 hearing.

A Section 32 hearing is mostly instituted against parties when negligence is believed to have caused occupational injuries and worker death.

According to the newspaper, Ravi Jagadasan was scheduled to appear in a court in February on a charge of contempt of court for allegedly ignoring an order to stop construction.

Jagadasan, the director of mall owner Rectangle Property Investments, the company which owned the mall, was accused of building the mall without permission from the authorities.

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