Municipal officials meet over potholes

2011-06-29 14:37
Johannesburg - Victor Khanye municipal officials were meeting on Wednesday to discuss how to proceed after a court ordered that they repair potholes on the R55 in the Delmas area.

"They are still in a meeting currently discussing the matter," municipal spokesperson Ronald du Toit said.

He was speaking after a lawyer for the Society for the Protection of our Constitution secured a court order against the mayor on Tuesday.

Municipality not responsible

However, Du Toit said the road, between Delmas and Ogies, was not a municipal road.

"It is a provincial road and it is not a road that must be fixed by the municipality."

He said the road begins at Springs and ends around Witbank, and municipalities it cuts through are not responsible for its maintenance.

Mohamed Omar and Willem Harmse, both from the Delmas area, applied for the court order from Judge Naren Pandya at the South Gauteng High Court, after unsuccessful attempts at getting local authorities to repair it.

They believe the road is in a poor state and that potholes contributed to a crash last week that killed two people.

According to their lawyer Zehir Omar, the council was given 72 hours to do temporary repairs. If it wasn't done, he would apply for an order that the mayor and his executive council be incarcerated.

R22bn for road repair

The repair of poorly-maintained roads and potholes was put on the promise list by politicians campaigning in the recent local government elections. The government allocated R22bn for the road repair and maintenance programme, S'hamba Sonke.

Many local communities however believe not enough is being done and have already started their own initiatives.

Insurance company Dial Direct teamed up with community participation initiative Lead SA to form a "pothole brigade", which repairs holes reported by motorists.

In Brandfort last year, a group of fed-up residents planted trees in their town's potholes.

Du Toit said further comment would follow after the council meeting.
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