Contractor 'remains silent' in Meyersdal inquiry

Seven employees were killed when the double-storey house collapsed.

Rescue workers on the scene of the Meyersdal Eco Estate collapse on 19 August 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A contractor in charge of a team of construction workers who were on site when a house collapsed in Meyersdal in August, has declined to answer questions at the inquiry investigating what caused the collapse and allegations that some of the renovations at the house were illegal.

Errol Romburgh remained silent during his cross-examination and told the inquiry he was "exercising his Constitutional rights".

Three surviving workers testified earlier today, telling the commission the company did not provide health and safety training.

Seven employees were killed when the double-storey house collapsed.

Despite repeated attempts by commission chair Phumudzo Maphaha, Errol Romburgh stuck to his guns and remained quiet.

Maphaha warned Romburgh that the law made it obligatory for the contractor to answer questions.

Romburgh's attorney Piet Pistorius stepped in and insisted that his client remained quiet.

It's expected to continue tomorrow with testimony from an engineer, the owner of the house and members of the Ekhuruleni city planning department.