By Alan Fuchs MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Infrastructure Development:
Contractors in the employ of the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) who were allegedly responsible for the injury of 3 learners at Delta Park Primary School in Randburg should not have been on site at the time the accident took place.
This has been revealed by local DA councillors conducting oversight of this project.
The contractor was allegedly given instructions by the Chief Architect to cease work on the project.
This instruction was ignored and work continued.
The contractor, who besides this alleged negligence, has also been accused of not subcontracting local SMMEs.
If DID had performed its oversight role – as is its responsibility, this would have been picked sooner and dealt with appropriately.
Instead, 3 innocents were injured as a result.
MEC for DID, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, announced in the Gauteng Legislature that the contractor has moved off site, as their contract has finally been terminated.
While this is to be welcomed, this incident could have been circumvented if the department had its finger on the pulse.
I will ask further questions in the Legislature to determine what the reasons were that led to this project’s management failure.