M1 bridge collapse: Victims' families to wait for details of tragedy

Yesterday, the Labour Department had to once again postpone proceedings.

An aerial view of the scene of the collapsed temporary bridge over the M1 in Sandton where scaffolding caved in passing cars, killing three people and injuring 19. Picture: Aki Anastasiou/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The families of the victims of the M1 structural bridge collapse will have to wait another two months to hear what caused the tragedy.

Yesterday, the Labour Department had to postpone proceedings once again, because some respondents failed to provide certain reports.

Two people were killed and 19 others were injured in the disaster last October.

The department says it's experienced continuous challenges beyond its control since the start of the inquiry.

Acting spokesperson Mokgadi Pela says, "Some of the stakeholders have, instead of presenting reports to us, presented statements."

However, the Johannesburg Development Agency Siyabonga Genu says the delays are unacceptable.

"We've put time aside to come so that the inquiry could commence. This is the second postponement and we were supposed to start but it didn't happen. We are disappointed."

The inquiry has now been postponed to 7 July and it's expected to run over a period of two weeks, with 20 witnesses who may testify.

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