Mpumalanga bows to pressure to fix potholes

2011-06-30 18:30
Mbombela - The Mpumalanga government was busy fixing potholes on Thursday following an earlier court order that the road between Springs and Witbank be repaired.

"The provincial government is currently fixing that road as I am talking to you," Victor Khanye Municipality spokesperson Ronald du Toit said on Thursday afternoon.

"They said they would be done by the end of the day [Thursday]."

This was after the South Gauteng High Court ruled on Tuesday that the potholes on the road between Springs and Witbank, which also runs through Delmas and Ogies, be fixed within 72 hours.

The Society for the Protection of our Constitution secured the court order against the mayor on Tuesday.

Mohamed Vawda and Willem Harmse, both from the Delmas area, applied for the order after unsuccessful attempts at getting local authorities to repair the road.

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

Du Toit said the road was a provincial road and that the municipality was not responsible for repairing provincial roads.

That was why the Mpumalanga government had taken over the responsibility to fix the potholes, he said.

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