City still infested with potholes

2011-09-27 00:00

STEALTHILY lying in wait, these silent assassins hungrily wait to devour rim and rubber.

Their strike is so swift and sudden, the clunk of metal on tar is the first revelation that you’ve been a victim.

Potholes account for “about 50%” of customers visiting Pitstyle Wheel & Tyres’, said Anwar Ibrahim.

People usually suffer from cracked and bent rims and burst tyres.

Often tyres will develop a “bulge like a tennis ball”, said Varish Harry from Kwikfit, who added that “you can’t drive around with it because it is too dangerous”.

“Our roads are terrible,” Harry said and has noticed since the beginning of the year, an increase in these pothole assassins’ casualties.

The more unlucky victims will not just lose a tyre or a rim, but could also experience damage to the body of their car, said Krishan Singh from Mr X-haust Mr Tyre.

“We get one every two or three days” and these silent black holes of carnage are “definitely causing a lot of damage”.

He singled out the most brutal and callous tyre-killer as the smug godfather sitting in the intersection of Boshoff and Pietermaritz streets.

Speedy Tyre and Exhaust’s Bruce Parsonage commented on the godfather’s high kill-rate.

“A lot of guys are hitting the pothole,” he said.

He said he has as many as 10 customers a week who have unwittingly succumbed to the pothole gang across the city.

But it is not just the pain and fear of victimisation, it is the cost involved too. Parsonage said a new rim can cost about R500 and a new tyre another R600.

These killers will have to face the municipal arm of resistance.

Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Brian Zuma said “we have a programme that we are busy with” to fight the pothole scourge.

It has “already started” so when the rainy season arrives “we are ready to deal with it”.

He said the municipality will not just target the city but the “bigger issues” in the townships.

The municipality welcomes vigilant eyes and quick reports of these heinous criminals.

To report any potholes, please phone 0800 001 868.

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