Flat's wall falls on woman resident

2015-09-29 06:00
Cynthia Chivambo, a tenant at Mountain View Villas in Maitland, says their washing line walls keep falling and pose a great danger to residents and their children.

Cynthia Chivambo, a tenant at Mountain View Villas in Maitland, says their washing line walls keep falling and pose a great danger to residents and their children. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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A resident of Mountain View Villas on Royal Road in Maitland is in a critical condition after a property wall fell on her while she was hanging laundry to dry on Thursday morning.

Tenants of the complex say they are in constant fear as the walls that support the washing lines are weak.

Apparently the walls fell “constantly” last year and, although they reported it, nothing has been done.

This is the second time this year that the wall has collapsed and injured someone. The first victim she spent days recovering from her injuries in hospital.

Last week another tenant was rushed to Groote Schuur Hospital after the wall fell on her as she was trying to put her blanket on the line. She had to undergo an operation.

A resident who lives close to where the incident occurred spoke to People’s Post on condition of anonymity. She says she heard screams on Thursday at about 07:00.

“She was screaming for help, and when I came out, her leg was trapped under the collapsed wall. When I got to her she was screaming about her hip and her back and head as well. She was bleeding from her leg.

“We had to call for an ambulance for her because she was in severe pain,” she says.

Other tenants say they have requested stronger walls, but their calls continue to fall on deaf ears. Now their worst fear is that one day the walls will fall on children and kill them.

One tenant, Cynthia Chivambo, says they are worried about children playing outside.

“You will never know when these walls collapse. At times you find children climbing all over the walls, which is extremely dangerous.”

Chivambo says the building owners claim it’s not their problem as the contractors never did a good job.

“If you look round the complex, you will see cracked walls everywhere, and when we ask them to fix it, they tell us it’s not their fault. I believe cheap material was used.

“People pay a lot of money here. We can’t live like this. Something has to be done.”

Hoossain Thomas, portfolio manager for Trafalgar Property Management, says they are aware of the incident.

“We know that someone was injured in the complex but we are still waiting on the full report. As of now we can just confirm that there was such an incident,” he says.

Faizel Moos, marketing and client service manager at Cape Town Community Housing Company, says they are aware of the incident but they are not in a position to respond.

“We await formal feedback from the body corporate-appointed security company as well as a detailed report on what could have caused the wall to collapse,” says Moos

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