Dire straits for Langa’s disabled man

2017-05-11 06:02
Sphelele Ngiyana, needs help for a house suitable for his condition, at New Flats, in Zone 2, Langa.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

Sphelele Ngiyana, needs help for a house suitable for his condition, at New Flats, in Zone 2, Langa.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

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Wheelchair bound Sphelele Ngiyana,28, from Langa says his living conditions are so dire he struggles even to access the toilets to relive himself.

Ngiyana is appealing for assistance from the public to help alleviate his plight.

He stays in the New Flats of Langa in Zone 2.

He was exposed to the appalling conditions people living with disabilities have had to endure in 2014, after a debilitating illness.

Ngiyana said living in the flats since this condition has never been easy as he cannot even utilise the toilet on his own.

“I have to climb a step first before I can use a toilet. I cannot go out on my own, because there are steps on the door and sometimes there are puddles of water outside which makes it difficult to use a wheelchair. I am mostly alone in the flat, because people I am sharing with are always at work. It is really hard for me to live here,” he said.

When City Vision paid a visit to the place last Thursday, we were greeted by leaking pipes.

Ngiyana added that sometimes it gets flooded inside the flat as result of the leaking pipes, thus preventing his mobility.

Ngiyana was a farm worker before moving into the flats in 2009.

He said he became numb and doctors told him that his nerves were malfunctioning as result of “stress.”

“I have been stressing a lot after my mother died in 2005. I am still in a terrible depression. I was staying with my mother. She separated with my late father who died in 2015. I just cannot concentrate on anything that I do. Last year I was burned after a pot of boiling water toppled on me,” he said.

He has not applied for an RDP house, he said.

Councillor Zimkhitha Sulelo, of Ward 51, said Ngiyana needs urgent help. “We visited him after we were notified about his condition. He cannot even use a toilet...The flats are just not right for someone in his condition. There are broken windows. He is ready to move anytime so we are trying to see if we can allocate him to a temporal settlement.”

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