Broken-down trucks blamed for unlit streets

2011-10-24 00:00

IF your street is unlit, it might take months for the Msunduzi Municipality to fix it because there is only one operational truck to fix the entire city’s streetlights.

A man, who wished not to be named, said he reported months ago that the lights in Mountain Rise Drive were out. After months of inaction, he decided to get some answers from council officials and was told the municipality has a backlog of about 250 streetlight repair jobs but no vehicles.

“The official also confided in me that he ended up taking leave because nothing gets done in this municipality to fix what is broken so that they can do their work,” he said.

He said they have not had street- lights for four months and it seems they will not be helped any time soon.

“What is annoying is that if you don’t pay your rates, the council will approach their lawyers, and the next thing your property or assets gets attached,” he said.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma responded: “It is true that there is a backlog in fixing streetlights in the municipality.

“The backlog has been caused by our bucket trucks, which have broken down, resulting in the delay in fixing lights. We are currently using one truck which we share with the parks department,” said Zuma.

He said as that as soon as the trucks are back they will sort out the backlog.

“In fact the problem is not the lights per se, but rather the daylight switches, which need to be replaced.

“We are working on the process,” said Zuma.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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