Transport Dept blunder leaves motorists stuck for an hour

2013-05-08 00:00

A ROAD safety march by schoolchildren backfired for the Transport Department after it failed to inform the local authority and warn motorists of the road closure yesterday.

The R103 was closed near the Nelson Mandela capture site monument so that pupils from the Howick West and Lions River primary schools could march with banners in support of the Zenani Mandela Road Safety campaign.

But motorists who were stuck for an hour on the road with no explanation were irate, flooding The Witness with calls.

The 500 metre walk marked the second United Nations Global Safety Week and was intended to highlight the need for pedestrian safety.

uMngeni municipal manager Dr Mpilo Ngubane said the municipality was not told of the march, which Transport spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane confirmed.

He said the Transport Department regretted the inconvenience to motorists. “Normally the department notifies the municipality if there will be any road closures. We are going to investigate to find out if all the necessary procedures were followed during the planning.”

The Zenani Mandela campaign comemorates the death in a road accident of Mandela’s great-grandaughter on the eve of the Soccer World Cup in 2010.

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