19th August 2014.
"The loss of life is always tragic and as the
IFP we would like to extend our condolences to the families that
lost loved ones and wish all those who were injured a speedy
recovery" said IFP MP on Human Settlements Mr. Petros Sithole.
This was in response to the collapse of a
house in Meyersdal, located in Alberton, where 7 people have
been confirmed dead and several others were injured.
"It is clear that the department of labour did
not have any monitoring mechanism in place to ensure the safe
construction of this house. We can only wonder how many more
construction sites lack any proper monitoring and how many more
unfortunate accidents will occur before the department acts" said Sithole.
The National Home Builders Registration
Council (NHBRC) is said to also be given the ability to inspect
homes being built but there seems to have been no such
"One cannot say they inspected a home and not
pick up major faults in how houses are built. If the NHBRC did
inspect, then the individual who did so must be held accountable
as they are not skilled enough to spot a major fault such as
"A thorough investigation needs to be
conducted into this issue. The contractors must provide answers
as to why their building collapsed. They must also assist with
funeral and other arrangements for the families who lost loved
ones" said Sithole.
IFP Spokesperson on Human Settlements
Mr Petros Sithole, MP on 082 743 1348