Three still critical after Grayston bridge collapse, says dept - As it happened

2015-10-28 10:33

Three people are still in a critical condition in hospital following the collapse of the Grayston bridge in Johannesburg earlier this month, the Department of Labour has said.


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28 Oct 11:00

And with that, the press conference comes to a very quick close.

It was more a preliminary report about how the department will go about making findings, and its mandate, rather than the actual findings themselves.

The full report could take six months to compile.

28 Oct 10:59

A journalist asks a question about the other bodies involved in the probe:

“At this stage we are doing the investigation as the Department of Labour, but we are looking at whoever can assist us with our mandate," Szana answers.

28 Oct 10:57

“The inquiry will look at engineering drawings, among other things,” Szana continues.

“The information that has been presented indicates that they need to look at the drawings more closely.

“I have already looked at those drawings that have been presented to us... I don't wish to comment further on that.”

28 Oct 10:52

More on continuing construction:

“The client has a 'tremendous duty' to comply with regulations (when building work like this takes place).

“Any contractor that is brought in, the client has a duty to ensure those contractors comply with construction regulations, which are quite onerous.”

28 Oct 10:52

Can the construction of the bridge continue?

“When this kind of thing happens, once we have released the area, then they can continue with construction activity. Then they can continue and rebuild," says the department's chief director Tibor Szana.

“The members of the inquiry are still being appointed, and no names have been mentioned yet."

28 Oct 10:48

Cement truck rumours:

A journalist asks about the rumours circulating on social media that a cement truck had caused the collapse.

“When we enter the inquiry, we are going in totally neutral to gather the evidence to be presented to a court of law," Moiloa responds.

“The department is looking into every matter insofar as this collapse of the bridge is concerned.”

28 Oct 10:46
“At this stage we are not pointing a finger at anyone. We are gathering evidence and will then present it to the NPA for them to decide what to do.”

28 Oct 10:45


“We have already started preparations for the formal inquiry. We are looking at anything from 6 months. We are collecting evidence and there are many parties that will be involved. At this stage we are looking at about 6 months.

“Once prima facie evidence is presented, we then garner further evidence or information to get to the bottom of what transpired.”

28 Oct 10:41
She wraps up, and turns to a time of questions...

28 Oct 10:40
“The labour department’s formal inquiry will focus on the client's responsibility (the client being the City of Joburg), the responsibility of the supplier of the materials, the designer, and builder," Moiloa concludes.

28 Oct 10:39
“The labour department’s formal inquiry will focus on the client's responsibility (the client being the City of Joburg)."

28 Oct 10:38
Murray & Roberts was awarded the contract and started construction on January 29, 2015.

28 Oct 10:37

She delivers and update on the people injured in the collapse in Johannesburg.

Two were killed, 19 injured, and three are still in a critical condition in hospital, she says.

28 Oct 10:36
Acting DG for the Department of Labour Aggy Moiloa is now addressing the media.

28 Oct 10:34
It was not immediately clear when Murray & Roberts would release its own report.

28 Oct 10:34

Murray & Roberts, the company responsible for the construction of the pedestrian and cycle bridge, has appointed technical, engineering, legal and forensic specialists to probe the incident.

This was in addition to other investigations initiated by the Department of Labour, the City of Johannesburg, the South African Police Service, the company said.

It has previously warned against speculation over what caused the structure to collapse.

28 Oct 10:34

The support structure of the bridge, which runs along the M1 across Grayston Drive, collapsed on October 14 shortly before the afternoon rush.

At least two people were killed and another 20 were injured when vehicles making their way past the bridge were crushed.

The road was closed following the incident and was re-opened by mayor Parks Tau the following day.

28 Oct 10:34
A preliminary report on the findings of what may have caused the collapse of the Grayston Bridge earlier this month, is set to be revealed by the Department of Labour on Wednesday.

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