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southafricalogoNews24 reports that Phumudzo Maphaha has been appointed as the new presiding officer of the Department of Labour’s Grayston Drive pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge collapse inquiry.  

Maphaha previously presided over the Tongaat Mall Structural Collapse Inquiry and the Meyersdal Structural Collapse Incident Inquiry.  His appointment was announced on Thursday by Tibor Szana, chief inspector at the department and he will be taking over from Lennie Samuel, who has been presiding since the inquiry was set up in 2015.  Szana said Samuel had taken ill and could no longer continue presiding over the inquiry.  The so-called section 32 hearing was set up to investigate the 14 October 2015 incident which led to two deaths and injuries to 19 persons.  The inquiry, which had its first sitting in February 2016, last sat on 27 September 2017 when it was postponed to July 2018.  It was set up to investigate, among other things, the responsibility of the client in terms of construction regulations and the responsibility of the principal constructor in terms of the construction regulations and as an employer.

  • Read this report by Mxolisi Mngadi in full at News24
  • Read the Department of Labour’s press statement in this regard at DOL online


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