Moloto rail project stalled by red tape

By Drum Digital
19 November 2013

Bureaucracy has stalled a rail project aimed at making the notorious R573 Moloto Road in Mpumalanga safer.

Bureaucracy has stalled a rail project aimed at making the notorious R573 Moloto Road in Mpumalanga safer, the DA said.

"The Moloto railway project was approved [years ago] but because of bureaucratic red tape they still have not implemented it while our people are dying," DA Mpumalanga MPL James Masango said, a Sapa correspondent reported.

"They prioritise infrastructure that is not life threatening because it makes money for a few politicians."

The project was initiated six years ago. More than 50 000 people commute to work along the narrow and potholed road using 600 buses daily.

Nearly 100 people had been killed and over 200 injured on the stretch of road between Siyabuswa and Pretoria since 2007.

This includes the 30 people killed in last Monday's accident in which a truck drove into the back of a tipper truck, before colliding with a Putco bus and a bakkie near Kwaggafontein.

The Moloto Rail Development Corridor programme, a 140km rail link, was one of the "Big Five" flagship programmes approved by the provincial executive in 2006 to grow the regional economy.

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