Inquiry into Meyersdal building collapse to begin

The inquiry will begin today three months after seven workers lost their lives in the collapse.

FILE: The side of the Meyersdal Eco Estate where a building collapsed, killing seven construction workers and injuring several others. Picture: iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG -The Labour Department's inquiry into the deadly Meyersdal building collapse is expected to begin in Pretoria this morning.

The inquiry was set up to investigate the cause of the double story house collapse in August, which claimed the lives of seven construction workers.

A total of 17 construction workers who were on site at the Eco-Estate in Meyersdal are expected to give evidence at the commission.

Commission chair Phumudzo Maphaha has hinted that he would like to start proceedings with testimony from these workers, so that he can form a clear picture of what happened.

Others expected to testify include the owner of the house, officials from the Engineering Council of South Africa and members of the National Home Builders Registration Council.

The inquiry was set up after concerns that some renovations at the house were being done illegally.

The commission is expected to sit for eight days.