Churchill Sinukela – who fell into an open water drainage manhole in January 2016, severely injuring his ankle – has been given the green light by the Eastern Cape High Court (Mthatha) to sue the King Sabatha Dalindyebo municipality for damages.

A Daily Dispatch report says Sinukela will now consult with medical specialists to determine the extent of his injuries and how much they should sue the municipality for.

According to submissions he made to court, Sinukela said there were no barricades or any sign put up on the road to warn pedestrians about the danger posed by the open drainage tank.

Sinukela said the injuries he sustained were ‘serious’.

The municipality testified that it did not deploy any workers to attend to the drainage tank on the day.

The municipality also argued that it was not its fault as the drainage tank lid had been removed by thieves.

Full Daily Dispatch report

Sinukela v King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality and Another