Meyersdal inquiry: Contractor & engineer broke the law

The commission into the double-storey collapse has found contractor Errol Romburgh broke the law.

Seven people were killed and 11 others injured when a building caved in at the Meyersdal Eco Estate on 18 August 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The commission investigating the cause of a house collapse in Meyersdal has found that both the contractor and the engineer doing the renovations broke the law.

Commission chair Phumudzo Maphaha says contractor Errol Romburgh and designer Ranjan Dalal will likely be found liable for the deaths of the seven construction workers who were on site when the house caved in August.

The commission concluded its proceedings in Pretoria on Thursday after Romburgh and Dalal both refused to answer any questions.

The Meyersdal commission of inquiry concluded a week earlier than expected, after Romburgh and Dalal refused to cooperate.

Maphaha says the pair was in contravention of the law and knew it, but still continued with the renovations.

"I've got a number of contraventions that I've identified, which are against the contractor, as well as the engineer."

Maphaha has also decided not to cross examine the owner of the house, Gregory Cumming, because there is no evidence against him.

He says he will make recommendations to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on how to act on the matter.