The Section 32 Inquiry was set up by the Department of Labour after the collapse in October 2015 which killed two people and injured 19 others. The inquiry, in terms of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), will investigate instances of negligence.
The commission's mandate will focus on the responsibility of the principal contractor, in terms of the construction regulations; the responsibility of the client, and the responsibility of the agent on behalf of the client, in terms of the same regulations, supplier of the materials and design(er). The inquiry is being presided over by Lennie Samuel, who has 30 years' experience; he acted as forensic investigator and co-commissioner for the inquiry into the 2013 collapse of the Tongaat shopping mall. The current inquiry has already been postponed a number of times due to 'unexpected glitches'.
Witnesses that are expected to testify during the inquiry include engineers, construction firm Murray & Roberts, the City of Johannesburg, the Johannesburg Development Agency, Royal HaskoningDHV, Formscaff, Engineering Council of South Africa and the National Union of Mineworkers.