Residents want ‘proper’ humps

2015-07-22 06:00
UNHAPPY: Mbulelo Lande is unhappy about the speed humps that the Mangaung Metro has installed in Fort Hare Road in Mangaung, Bloemfontein.

UNHAPPY: Mbulelo Lande is unhappy about the speed humps that the Mangaung Metro has installed in Fort Hare Road in Mangaung, Bloemfontein.

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THE Mangaung Metro has installed temporary speed humps on Fort Hare Road and motorists are using the road again after it was temporary closed.

This follows after angry residents of Batho and Bochabela in Bloemfontein staged a protest in a bid to get the executive mayor’s attention two weeks ago.

They blocked the road with rocks and burning tyres, preventing motorists from using the road, and demanded the municipality build speed humps on the “road of death” after Mosala Tsatsinyane (48) had been knocked down by a taxi and had died.

But the residents are still unhappy about the rubber speed humps that have been installed on the road. They say they want asphalt speed humps.

Mbulelo Lande (44) said the Mangaung Metro had not solved their problem by installing the rubber speed humps. “We want proper speed humps made of concrete. Those ones that have been installed are very small. We want the speed humps that are similar to those in Moshoeshoe Road or Sengonzo Street,” Lande told Express.

“I have been monitoring the movement of vehicles since those speed humps were installed and the road was re-opened. The small cars reduce speed when they approach the speed humps, but bigger vehicles such as buses and trucks cross over the humps without reducing speed. We want proper speed humps that would ensure that all the motorists reduce speed when they approach them, irrespective of the size of the car,” he said.

Thuso Challe (25) described those speed humps as an accident waiting to happen.

“In my opinion, those speed humps are going to cause accidents. Let me tell you why I say that. I live next to the same road. On Wednesday there was a car travelling at high speed there and the driver suddenly hit the brakes when he noticed the speed humps just a few metres ahead of him. I bet if there was another car travelling behind it, it would have easily crashed into it,” Challe said.

“The other thing is, those speed humps are invisible at night. We are really not happy about them. I think the municipality should replace them with real ones made of concrete. Otherwise we are still going to witness very bad accidents,” he said.

The other resident who expressed her dissatisfaction with the rubber speed humps at Fort Hare Road was Mamohau Disapelo (49). She said: “I’m not happy at all. Speeding cars have crashed into my fence five times. As a result I have placed big rocks in front of my yard so that reckless drivers could crash their cars against them if they lose control, not my house. I think those speed humps are not a solution to our problem, because big cars can cross over them at high speed. Maybe the humps are only perfect for small cars? I don’t really know,” she added.

“We appeal to the municipality to build proper speed humps and remove those rubber ones. Drivers can hardly notice them from a distance, especially when it is dark. We want concrete speed humps that motorists can see from at least 200 metres away. If the municipality doesn’t remove those rubbers we are going to protest again until proper speed humps are installed,” Disapelo said.

) When asked for comment, Qondile Khedama, the Mangaung Metro spokesperson, referred Express back to the comment he had made in last week’s article “Residents block road” on the front page of Express. ) What’s your view on the rubber speed humps that Mangaung Metro has installed on Fort Hare Road? To share your view, send an email to Sidwell.Guduka@volksblad.com

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