Tongaat Mall collapse decision awaited
GRALIO boss Jay Singh’s spokesman says it would be “premature” for the company to discuss findings of the Tongaat Mall commission of inquiry, as they are awaiting a decision from the National Prosecuting Authority.
Two people were killed and 29 others were injured when the mall partly collapsed in November 2013.
The inquiry was established by the Labour Department to determine whether negligence led to the collapse.
The R208 million mall was being developed by Rectangle Property Investments, whose sole director is businessman Jay Singh’s son Ravi Jagadasan. Gralio Precast was the main contractor on the project.
The commission of inquiry also heard evidence that the project had no approved plans and there were high court orders granted to stop the construction before the collapse.
This week, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant revealed four contraventions that the inquiry had found.
These included that the mall was being built without approval from the municipality and that the contractor did not adhere to occupational health and safety rules and failed to inform employees about safety standards.
The inquiry report was forwarded to the National Prosecuting Authority for it to determine whether any party should be criminally prosecuted.
Source: The Mercury Newspaper
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