‘Municipality to blame’ — resident

2018-07-18 06:01
The uncovered hole which Stephen Vorster fell into after a concrete slab broke when he stepped on it. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

The uncovered hole which Stephen Vorster fell into after a concrete slab broke when he stepped on it. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED

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SHODDY workmanship on the part of the municipality is what Stephen Vorster attributes to a serious injury he suffered after falling into a stormwater drain last Wednesday. Vorster, who lives in the CBD, said the temporary concrete cover broke as he stepped on to it, leaving him badly bruised and in agonising pain.

His right knee brushed with a rusty faucet during his fall, causing a laceration on his entire leg from his knee down to his foot. His left leg was cut from scraping it against the temporary concrete cover which had given way.

“I immediately felt the pain rushing through my leg while I was covered in filthy water up to my waste while inside the hole.

My legs were on fire and bleeding profusely,” said Vorster, who added that once he got out he immediately took pictures to prove what had happened to him.

After his fall, Vorster managed to get help from a friend: “I asked my friend to take me to the doctor as I was in such agonising pain and aching all over my body, including my hips and knees,” Vorster said.

Once at the hospital, he was treated in the emergency section; given a painkiller injection, a tetanus shot, and prescriptions for pain and antibiotics to prevent secondary infections.

Vorster said that the very same night of his injury, he emailed the municipality with a complaint and found that they attended to the hole almost instantly — this time placing two concrete slabs over the hole instead of one.

“I found this very odd because the hole is still not secured,” said Vorster. He added that upon visiting the site again on Monday he had found that the two slabs were broken, leaving him to believe that someone may have fallen into the hole again.

Since then Vorster said he had received a claims form from the municipality, after he contacted his local ward councillor, however he felt this was more of an insult to him and the residents of Pietermaritzburg as they had still not fixed the problem.

The municipality was contacted but no reply was received before the time of going to print.


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