Leslie Charles Maker – who fell down a flight of stairs that had no railings at the SAPS stolen vehicle pound in Mkondeni in November 2016 – is claiming R1.6m in damages.

The Witness reports the matter came before the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) this week.

Maker alleges his fall and injuries were caused by the negligence of either the Minister of Safety & Security or the Minister of Public Works, as they failed to ensure that there were handrails situated on the staircase for users.

In addition, the Ministers failed to comply with health and safety regulations requiring that staircases used by the public, such as this one, be fitted with hand rails.

The case is being opposed.

The application was for an order compelling the Ministers to produce documentary information which Maker’s legal team needs to prepare for the case. The case was adjourned for the Ministers to file papers.

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