The SACP and Cosatu have expressed what they say is “extreme disappointment” with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the Western Cape.

The DPP has decided not to prosecute Rheinmetal Denel Munitions Company in Somerset West for an explosion that took place in September 2018.

Eight workers lost their lives.

It’s believed that the incident was not properly investigated by police and it was recommended that the company investigate the matter itself.

Later, the Department of Employment and Labour opened a formal inquiry and recommended that the organization be criminally charged.

However – due to the flaws in the police investigation – the DPP says there’s insufficient evidence for a successful prosecution.

Rhoda-Anne Bazier, the spokesperson for the victim’s families, is not convinced.

“The letter that the Director of Public Prosecutions issued it said there’s not enough evidence. But due to the investigation or the enquiry conducted by the Department of Employment and Labour, a lot of information came out of that”.