first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Mr Jan van Wyk is terribly upset after repeatedly being told he could not park his three-wheel bicycle in a ‘disabled’ parking space at a local shopping centre.  Mr van Wyk, who is disabled and receives a social grant, says he has been “chased away” on numerous occasions when parking his bicycle at the Oval Shopping Centre, where he goes to buy groceries.He was again “sent packing” recently by security guards at the centre and is now at his wit’s end.He says that if the guards notice him when he arrives on his trusty old bicycle, they waste no time in telling him he cannot leave his bike in the parking lot.  The only mode of transport Mr van Wyk has is his bicycle, which has served him well for many years.He cannot understand what the problem is at the Oval, because this does not happen anywhere else in town. “My social grant is very little and the reason I go to the Oval is because there are a few shops there that are very cheap and I can afford my purchases,” he explains.Every time he is chased away, he has to endure the terrible heat and find a safe place to park that is much further away from his shopping destination.He is scared that if he parks his bicycle where it is not safe, it might be stolen and then he will have to walk.  When approached for comment, the management of the Oval Shopping Centre said they were totally unaware of the problem. They added that if anyone experiences a situation like this, they must please come and address it directly to management, as they are always willing to help.last_img read more