Inquiry into collapsed Tongaat mall set for January

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A police sniffer dog checks the rubble from the collapsed Tongaat mall for survivors and victims. File picture: Sandile Makhoba

Durban - An inquiry into the Tongaat mall collapse in which two construction workers died and 29 were injured, will begin in January, the Sowetan reported.

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

He reportedly said officials had until the end of December 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 authorities. - Sapa


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