Labour Committee Calls for Full Investigation of the Denel Munitions Factory Explosion

Parliament� The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Labour, Mr Lemias Mashile, has called for a full investigation into the explosion that claimed an unconfirmed number of lives at the Rheinmetall Denel munitions factory on the outskirts of Cape Town.

The Department of Labour, in consultation with Denel, must expedite the investigation to ensure that the cause of the explosion is pinned down not only to provide answers to the families of the deceased, but also to prevent such an incident from ever happening again. At the centre of the investigation must be an analysis of adherence to health and safety laws.

The committee extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. Furthermore, the committee wishes those that are injured a speedy recovery and has urged Denel to ensure that they get adequate medical treatment.

The committee will engage Denel and the Department of Labour as soon as the investigation is concluded.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa