Hayfields wants Hesketh Drive humped to save lives

2011-10-27 00:00

HAYFIELDS residents are furious at the lack of response by Msunduzi Municipality to their pleas for speed humps in Hesketh Drive, which they say irresponsible motorists have turned into a racetrack.

Residents have called for the municipality’s intervention before more people die on the road, which has seen a lot of accidents.

On Monday, Hassan Khan was the latest victim when his Mazda 6 sedan was hit while he was driving into his driveway.

“I have been driving this car for seven years and this is the first time that I have to send it for panel beating as a result of an irresponsible driver who was speeding up Hesketh Drive and bumped my car on the left back door,” said Khan.

He said motorists have turned this road into a racetrack and all they want as the community is for the municipality to have a meeting with them to listen to their genuine pleas for speed humps in strategic spots on Hesketh Drive.

“We have experienced enough accidents on this road to believe that our concerns are genuine and all that is required is for the municipality to engage with us before there is a severe accident which would result in the loss of lives,” said Khan.

Msunduzi Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said: “We have a very long list of requests that we have received on speed humps and it keeps getting longer. This means that even more financial resources are required to meet the demand, hence the backlog.”

He added: “With the available resources, we give priority to areas with high pedestrian traffic [like] roads near schools, shopping centres, churches, etcetera.”

“Depending on resources we will also consider other applications.”

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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