Man takes Thaba Chweu municipality to court over potholes

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The Thaba Chweu municipality has been ordered to pay damages after a man driving a motorcycle hit a pothole, fell and got injured.

Earlier, the Mpumalanga municipality got 7 seven of its vehicles attached to pay the man who got injuried while cycling in Lydenburg’s Viljoen street in 2011.

But now the Tshwane high court has ordered that an amount of R1,5m be paid to Charles Bond.

Bond’s legal team said the Thaba Chweu municipality had accepted they were responsible for the potholes that resulted in the man falling off the motorcycle, getting injured.

“They failed to make payment, and thus we applied for the warrant of execution,” the man’s lawyer, Juan Terblanche, told Lydenburg local media.

The local municipality was also ordered to pay the costs of the experts who compiled reports and costs of lawyers, travelling and actual attendance costs as well as past and future loss of earnings, “and in addition to the R880 731 52 which was recovered in 2016 from the municipality regarding the man’s damage to the motorcycle, medical expenses, and satisfaction for pain and suffering”.

(edited by ZK)

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