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NMBM to pay damages for death of Uitenhage son

NMBM to pay damages for death of Uitenhage son

A Uitenhage woman, Nomandla Mcwetyana, will be paid just over R1.5 million in damages by the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality after her then six-year-old son, Liyema Mcwetyana, was electrocuted to death by live wires in 2011.

Mcwetyana and the municipality have reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement amidst the allegations. It was alleged that the metro was responsible for the installation of those wires and concerning residents have complained about the wires for some time prior to the incident.

The municipality was sued by Mcwetyana for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), gross negligence, medical expenses and income loss after the death of her six-year-old son.

The issue of interest of the amount owed by the municipality was however debated in court following speculations of interest dating back to March 2013 when summons were served and the cost of two counsels.

It was demanded by Mcwetyana’s counsel that the municipality pay R2.2 million.

Judgement on the issue has been reserved.