‘There must be consequences for George building collapse’ – Winde

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has vowed to probe the circumstances that led to the collapse of the multi-storey building in George three weeks ago.

Winde said this after receiving an update on investigations carried out by the state in relation to the collapse of the building.

Last week, Winde and members of his government received a status update from the team of structural engineers. These were appointed by his government to investigate the cause of the George building collapse. The incident happened on May 6 2024.

The government appointed V3 Consulting Engineers to lead investigations, which comprises several phases.

Responsibility to the residents

“While we are aware of other investigations that are under way by other bodies, this incident happened in our province and impacted our residents. As premier, I have a responsibility to ensure that we get the answers that everyone is seeking,” said Winde.

Winde stated that it was emphasised that the collection of samples from the site had to be done as soon as possible. This had to happen before the rubble was removed to ensure the integrity of the process.

“At the same time, it was important to ensure that no investigation interfered with the search, rescue, and recovery operation. Material samples needed to be collected and meticulously documented.

“The process began as soon as the investigating team arrived on site. It was undertaken with the cooperation of the SAPS. Evidence was collected under the supervision of the SAPS,” said Winde.

Work continues in order find answers

“We will continue to work together until the conclusion of all investigations. Everything possible [will be done] to ensure this entire process is handled with the professionalism and delicacy that it deserves. But we also have a commitment to the residents of this province. We need to help them understand what happened and if steps need to be taken, what actions should be taken.”

He also said that documents that are being sourced. These include construction drawings and planning approval applications. Also being sourced are occupational Health and Safety reports and site diaries.

“Once all the documents are sourced and all materials are collected, they are accordingly analysed. Technical testing will also be carried out, which is part of a geotechnical assessment. Interviews will also be conducted with service providers involved in the project,” he said.

There has to be consequences

Winde argued that thorough processes were needed. These would ensure that all evidence that is processed and documented is sufficient to hold up in any ensuing legal matter.

“There must be consequences for this tragedy. We owe this to the victims and their families. We also have a responsibility to ensure that everything is done to prevent a similar tragedy like this happening in our province again,” said Winde.

Visit SW YouTube Channel for our video content


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News