I never considered disabled people until my mom had to use a wheelchair. I am now disabled due to an amputation and also have to use a wheelchair. I went to the traffic department to get a disabled sticker and they were extremely courteous, helped with everything and assisted my wife in getting the documentation.

Now I find that many inconsiderate people park in disabled zones with no sticker or permission. Disabled parking means what it says on the sign: don’t park there. Today I went to the Mediclinic for treatment and someone had parked a big white Land Rover, with no disabled sticker, over two disabled parking places. The traffic enforcement should fine these transgressors R1000 every time – maybe then they won’t park where they should not.

The situation was just as bad when I went to the mall in Sandbaai. Out of every car parked in a disabled bay – and there were many – not one had a sticker that gives them permission to do so. I don’t care if you have a bad back or a sore foot, or are having problems, or are late and want to nip into the store, and park there just because it’s convenient. You can walk and I cannot. Who needs the space more?

Please think before you park in a zone where you don’t belong. Thank you

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Raphael da Silva

Good day. As the Whale Coast Mall has been mentioned in the article pertaining to the disabled letter, we would like to place the following comment on the comments made. Good afternoon Mr Groenewald and Mrs Paulet. We would like to thank you for bringing these issues to our attention. The Whale Coast Mall management team takes concerns, such as these, seriously and are continuously investigating appropriate ways in which to resolve them. As we see this in a serious light, we would like to invite you to come and discuss your concerns with us, over a cup of coffee.… Read more »