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southafricalogoMoneyweb reports that an effort by Murray & Roberts (M&R) and other ‘protagonists’ to prevent cross-examination of witnesses in the Department of Labour’s inquiry into the collapse of the Grayston bridge structure in October 2015 failed on Monday.  

Two people were killed and 19 injured when a temporary works structure collapsed onto the busy freeway on 14 October 2015.  Newly-appointed commissioner Phumudzo Maphaha ruled against the proposal by Adv. Sias Reyneke SC, acting for M&R, that comprehensive witness statements should be submitted on the basis of which parties could submit written questions, but that no cross-examination should be allowed.  Maphaha however ruled that it would be a “gross oversight” and an “act of injustice” for him not to cross-examine witnesses should he need further information.  Maphaha has taken over from his colleague Lennie Samuels, who earlier presided over the inquiry but had to step down due to health issues.  The inquiry is aimed at identifying who was responsible for the collapse in 2015 and making recommendations to prevent similar incidents.  The main parties before the inquiry are Murray & Roberts, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), the JDA’s agent Royal HaskoningDHV and Form-Scaff.  Certain individual employees of M&R have their own legal representatives, while trade union Numsa is representing others.

  • Read this report by Antoinette Slabbert in full at Moneyweb

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