Speed bumps demanded

2017-09-20 06:01
A resident crosing Jonga Road, which was barricaded by angry residents for several days.Photo: Teboho Setena

A resident crosing Jonga Road, which was barricaded by angry residents for several days.Photo: Teboho Setena

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The construction of speed bumps in Jonga Road in Phahameng, Bloemfontein, is set to affect the budget of future projects planned for Ward 3, Ward 4 and Ward 5.

Sylvia Chaka, councillor of Ward 5, says the matter of the construction of speed bumps, as demanded urgently by residents, has been given attention.

However, because the speed bumps project was not budgeted for in the Integrated Development Plan (IDP), it now compels the Mangaung Metro city council to compromise the budget of another project, she explains.

Chaka says she plans to engage two fellow councillors, Khosi Macheli of Ward 3 and Manase Rasile of Ward 4, to finalise the construction of speed bumps.

“Because Jonga Road runs through three wards, it means each of us as councillors have to take maybe 10% of the budget of another project to see that speed bumps are erected without much delay, to avoid riots by the community,” says Chaka.

“Unfortunately residents did not raise the issue of speed bumps during consultation for future projects.

“Nevertheless, Mayor Olly Mlamleli has been informed about the demand by the community for speed bumps to be constructed to address speeding motorist.”

Residents who are fed-up with reckless drivers closed off this busy road on Wednesday (13/09), demanding speed bumps. They strongly believe speed bumps will end the killing of pedestrians by reckless and speeding motorists, as well as prevent drag racers from spinning vehicles within residential settlements.

The road in question was closed until Monday (18/09). It was cleared by employees of the city council late in the day.

Angry residents had barricaded it using various objects, ranging from stones to tyres.

The complete closing down of the road for motorists came barely 11 days after a speeding motorist had killed a woman identified as Seitatolo Margret Police. The fatal accident reportedly happened on the evening of 3 September. The victim was buried on Saturday (16/09).

Sgt Ikobeng Hlubi, Mangaung police cluster spokesperson, says the implicated driver has been arrested and the police are investigating a case of culpable homicide.

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