Meyersdal engineer refuses to testify at inquiry

The commission is probing allegations that renovations at the house were being carried out illegally.

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

JOHANNESBURG - An engineer tasked with designing part of a house that collapsed in Meyersdal has declined to answer questions posed to him by the inquiry investigating the deadly cave in.

Ranjan Galal is the second witness refusing to co-operate after contractor Errol Romburgh also declined to answer questions.

"I am exercising my right to remain silent and my right against self-incrimination."

Both Galal and Romburgh told the commission they were exercising their constitutional right to remain silent.

Several workers were killed when the double-storey house collapsed at the Meyersdal estate in August.

Gala's attorney told the commission his client would not comment because the commission didn't provide them with the correct documentation and charge sheets.

"My clients have the right to remain silent."

But commission chair Phumudzo Maphaha says the inquiry is not obliged to present the witnesses with charge sheets because the commission is not a court of law.

The commission is probing allegations that renovations at the house were being carried out illegally.