Rubble remains months after truck accident

Dorry Moodley (69), a retired policeman, has expressed his distaste at the lack of action and urgency on the part of the city and homeowners in removing the rubble that lies next door to him.

“The rubble has been standing here for months and is a major eyesore and health hazard for my household,” said Moodley.

Moodley said that the rubble had attracted rats. This, in turn, has lead to snakes.

“There are massive rats that are now living under the rubble. They are continuously making their way into my yard which is very scary for me and my family. My three-year-old granddaughter plays in the yard throughout the day,” said Moodley.

Animal core supervisor at Africa Health Research Institute, Kershnee Thambu, has stated that the rubble does pose a big threat to the family.


“The biggest problem with rats is that they can give other animals rabies through fleas and are known to bite humans in rare incidents,” said Thambu.

Thambu added that rats breed rapidly. This could lead to an increase in their population in the area, resulting in an invasion into residential homes in search of food.

This is one of Moodley’s biggest concerns as he stated that he lives in fear of the rats making their way into his house where his family and especially his granddaughter is at risk of coming into contact with them.

Simphiwe Nxumalo, owner of the home that was destroyed by the rampaging truck, said that he and his family were displeased by the lack of assistance they have received since the accident.

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“We are not pleased with the way this matter has been handled. It has been three months now but there is no sign of when they are going to rebuild our house,” said an upset Nxumalo.

He said that since the accident, he had only received compensation for the furniture that was destroyed in his home which was only given to him by the truck driver last Friday.

“The money given is not enough and he did not mention anything about rebuilding my house,” said Nxumalo.

He said, “The situation is not good at all where I stay now and that residents are giving the ward councillor a hard time because they want to know why we are staying in a RDP house when we should have our own house.”

The Department of Human Settlements Spokesperson Mbulelo Baloyi said in this situation there is nothing that they can assist this family with.

“If the cause of this impairment was natural disasters, we would have done something. In this case, the truck company should rebuild this house. This becomes a civil matter and Nxumalo should contact the Legal Resource Centre in order to get lawyers to sue the trucking company,” said Baloyi.



Byrone Athman

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