Msunduzi mum on damaged wall

2014-06-18 00:00

A WEEK after a Msunduzi Municipality waste truck knocked down Thami Sokhela’s concrete wall in Imbali Unit 15, he has yet to be told when they will fix it.

An angry Sokhela told The Witness that he and his wife were at work, and his children at school, last Tuesday when the incident happened.

“I came back from work and my neighbours told me that the municipal truck driver had knocked down my concrete wall,” he said.

Sokhela asked his wife to report the matter to police so they can claim from the municipality.

“The police said they could not open a case because a guy from the municipality had already opened the same case so she must go to the municipality to get a case number,” said Sokhela.

He said he and his wife had been sent from pillar to post. “I think the council does not want to be responsible for the damages and I cannot claim from my insurance because the municipality should repair this,” he said.

Sokhela said he feared his children were not safe from criminals with the concrete wall damaged like that and he feared that he might come back to find that his house has been broken into. “I have decided to put up barbed wire as a temporary measure until the municipality fixes my wall,” said Sokhela.

He said nobody from the municipality had visited his house to assess the damages and fix his property.

He said he had been sworn at by municipal officials who he felt had brushed him off with requests for quotations.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson, Thobeka Mafumbatha, apologised to Sokhela for the delays.

“We were only informed via the media that this had happened; our managers were not informed of the incident. That is why nobody from management had contacted Sokhela,” she said.

She said they had since contacted Sokhela and will investigate why the truck driver never reported the matter.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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