Wimpie Nel*, Glenwood, Durban

Towards the end of 2016, I began to experience sleeplessness, loss of memory and major depression. After I tried to commit suicide in early 2017, I was watching a documentary on National Geographic about electromagnetic radiation, and I wondered if this was the cause of my insomnia and depression. I did research and discovered that I was electromagnetically sensitive. But where was the cell mast? I travelled around my suburb and discovered that MTN had built an illegal cell mast on a traffic island in the valley below my house. I then began asking my neighbours if they had experienced any health effects recently, and most of the people in my street reported that they were suffering from lack of sleep and severe headaches – all of which had started when the tower went up at the end of 2016.  I went round our entire suburb and found that, wherever MTN had put up their illegal towers (there were five of them), the people in the vicinity reported headaches, sleeplessness, muscle pain, ringing in the ears, depression, anxiety, aggression. I got a radiation meter and found safer places to sleep. For the last 18 months, I have been living on sleeping tablets and vitamin supplements to counteract the effects of this cell mast. We are currently busy with a High Court application to get the mast taken down.

*Not his real name

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