Dis­abled feel ne­glected by city

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

DE­FENCE­LESS and phys­i­cally dis­abled peo­ple liv­ing in the Jab­u­lani Dis­abled Cen­tre say they are liv­ing in fear since the city took over the run­ning of the cen­tre in March.

These vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents believe the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has ne­glected them.

One res­i­dent, Phila Qwabe, ac­cused the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of fail­ing to pro­vide the cen­tre with se­cu­rity guards.

‘We are liv­ing with wheel­chair bound peo­ple who can’t de­fend them­selves. The city rep­re­sen­ta­tives agreed to pro­vide us with all the re­quired ser­vices, but that has not hap­pened,’ he said.

‘We were forced to con­trib­ute money to hire a con­trac­tor to cut the grass for us as there are many snakes around.

‘At some stage we even al­lowed cat­tle to graze in the yard to keep the grass man­age­able, but that did not help. We then had to hire some­one to do it for us.’

City Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager, Mdu Ncalane said they would look into all the com­plaints and dis­cuss them with the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers at the cen­tre.

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