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Injaka inquiry set to start

SOUTH AFRICAN lawyers will question contractor Concor Construction and design consultant VKE about July's fatal Injaka bridge collapse when a public inquiry into the disaster opens later this month.

The inquiry will start on 30 November in a school hall 5km from the site of the accident in the Mpumalanga province. The first session will take a week followed by another lasting three weeks on 25 January.

The inquiry follows a six month investigation into the failure of the incrementally launched bridge, which killed 14 people including a party of site visitors, the design engineer and six site workers (NCE 16 July).

Once complete, the presiding officer will submit recommendations to the attorney general on whether or not to prosecute the companies.

The presiding officer will call on witnesses from main contractor Concor Construction and design consultant VKE to give their version of events under oath. Lawyers for those killed and injured will also have a chance to quiz the companies on the collapse.

Meanwhile the remains of the bridge have been demolished and the contract frozen. The Department of Labour is waiting for VKE and Concor to submit new proposals for the scheme before work restarts.

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