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SAfrica Mall Collapse: Mayor Says Construction Firm Didn't Seek Approval

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By    |   Friday, 22 Nov 2013 06:43 AM

In the wake of Tuesday’s deadly South African mall collapse, which police are investigating as a “culpable homicide,” attention is being focused on the actions of a company owned by Durban businessman Jay Singh, which local officials say did not seek approval for its building project.
 
The firm, Rectangle Property Investments (RPI), is owned by Singh and his family. It allegedly ignored a court order to halt construction at the site of the partially built mall in Tongaat for safety reasons, Business Day reported Thursday.

Scaffolding and a concrete slab gave way there Tuesday afternoon, killing one and injuring 29 and triggering a massive all-night search for victims buried in the rubble. 
 
Earlier building projects done by firms owned by Singh family members have stirred controversy, according to the newspaper.

A company owned by Singh’s wife, Shireen Annamalay, has been criticized for doing poor-quality work at housing projects in Phoenix, 12 miles north of Tongaat.

In 2009, municipal officials in Phoenix went to court in an effort shut down an already completed shopping mall built and managed by Singh and his son amid concerns that it had become a fire hazard.

James Nxumalo, mayor of eThekwini — the municipality where the Tongaat mall is located — said the city had not received an application for approval of the mall building plan.

But officials recently learned that illegal construction was occurring there and took the matter to court, Business Day reported Wednesday.
 
On Nov. 14, a Durban court ordered RPI to suspend its construction activities, but they continued anyway.

Asked why police had not been brought in to halt the construction, Nxumalo replied that authorities could not monitor that location 24 hours a day.

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In the wake of Tuesday’s deadly South African mall collapse, which police are investigating as a “culpable homicide,” attention is being focused on the actions of a company owned by Durban businessman Jay Singh, which local officials say did not seek approval for its building project.
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