Meyersdal house collapse inquiry starts

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IOL meyersdal st file collapse.JPG THE STAR Emergency service members and rescue dogs search the ruins of the site at the Meyersdal Eco-Estate. File photo: Chris Collingridge

Johannesburg - What caused the Meyersdal house collapse might be known only by the end of November.

The Department of Labour will start its inquiry into the Eco Estate collapse in two weeks’ time, with testimony by witnesses.

Seven workers were killed when the house collapsed, and nine were hospitalised.

Those killed were Siphemandla Baptist Maseko, Lebona Edward Masuhla, Frans Motshelo Kekana, Keletso Letsielo, Vincent Paulos Moyane, Alviao Solomon Chauque and another worker who was identified only as Catboso.

Phumudzo Maphaha will head the inquiry, which will start with testimony from workers who were on the site on the day of the collapse.

Maphaha said he would also question the contractor, the engineer responsible for the structure, and the client. Cross-examination will begin on October 29.

All the stakeholders have been instructed to submit their reports on the incident, which would be subject to cross-examination, by September 30.

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