Man dies after falling into drain

2012-02-05 07:42

Johannesburg - A man died after he fell into a drainage system in Alexandra, near Sandton, on Sunday morning, said the Johannesburg emergency management services.

The man, believed to be around 50 years of age, was walking in the street at around 02:00 when he fell into the drainage system, spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said.

"When we arrived on the scene, we found the man had passed on. He was declared dead at the scene," said Mulaudzi.

Head injuries sustained from the impact of the fall appeared to be the cause of death.

Mulaudzi warned the public to be careful when walking near open drainage systems, especially at night.

  • Deeteem - 2012-02-05 07:49

    And what is an "open drainage system" ??

  • Squeegee - 2012-02-05 07:50

    Very sad. However: "Mulaudzi warned the public to be careful when walking near open drainage systems, especially at night" is a useless statement. The covers get stolen for scrap, the light don't work and if you cannot see a dark hole in the ground you will fall into it. Rather do your work and make sure there are no "open drainage systems".

      Sharon - 2012-02-05 07:56

      I agree Squeegee, its like when they put up signs about potholes, the signs are all good and well, but when it is dark, or when it rains and the potholes fill with water you can't see the bloody things, so the signs are worthless. I hope the man's family gets some compensation for the municipality's negligence.

  • spookhuis - 2012-02-05 07:50

    If they (thieves)would stop stealing and scrap dealers buying them, this would not happen.

  • shanenefdt - 2012-02-05 07:50

    Can we suppose that this was a well-lit area with well-demarcated areas of hazard should you fall into them? Knowing what we do know of the JHB Metro, we can safely say NO!!!

  • Bulie MaGcuma Nyamela - 2012-02-05 08:09

    Its terrible I'm also a victim of falling into the drain on R61 Road between Mthatha and Engcobo in September 2011 I'm walking on crutches and I asked the Councillor to close that drain till now its open I can't even go to work.

      Squeegee - 2012-02-05 08:50

      Get a good lawyer and sue them.

  • Zinhle - 2012-02-05 10:02

    Of course, there is " an open drainage system" because it is in Alexander, where most people are financially struggling...but if it was where Julius Malema stays, there was not going to be such thing. May his soul rest in peace.Condolences to the family.

  • Robsschele - 2012-02-05 10:19

    Make an immediate effort to replace all metal MH covers with reinforced concrete covers. By doing this you create work and you can sell the steel cover as scrap yourself.

  • Bibi - 2012-02-05 10:35

    No warning will help - if a grown man cannot see it how would kids see it? Stop making metal lids, it is as easy as that. There are other ways to cover drains. But on the other hand, if the community steals the covers they only have themselves to blame.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-05 23:33

      The drain covers were also stolen here.. a neighbour had the right idea. He simply loaded his bakkie with building scrap and filled up 3 manholes with it. If a problem arises the municipality will sit with the problem. I enjoyed watching this as numerous complaints were lodged with them and they did nothing.

  • Jacques - 2012-02-05 10:36

    So that's the extent of service delivery in Gauteng? Telling people "to be careful when walking near open drainage systems, especially at night" Shouldn't the taxpayers money go into closing the drains and not the pockets of the corrupt politicians? Our "richest" province is falling apart like the rest of the country thanks to cadre deployment, tender irregularities and corruption by our illustrious ANC. Viva ANC viva!!! Viva no future viva!!! Viva to stupidity viva!!!

  • Zion - 2012-02-05 12:56

    Somebody can definitely sue the local council for incompetence and failure to abide by local laws. All open sewers must be barricaded to prevent persons falling into it. Signs must also be erected to warn passing persons of the danger.

  • Ashliegh - 2012-04-16 14:49

    shame sorry

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