Councillor-in-pothole photo gets 9 500 to petition to fix road

2010-10-07 14:09

A petition to improve Free State roads was handed to the provincial government today after a picture of a councillor sitting inside a road pothole near Viljoenskroon was published.

Following the publication of the picture of the Democratic Alliance councillor Debbie Shahim in the Moqhaka municipality, a provincial campaign was launched which gathered more than 9?500 signatures for the petition.

“We need help. This needs big press because young people not used to driving on bad roads are losing life and limb in the area,” said Shahim.

The petition was handed to the Free State department of roads and transport.

Shahim said an accident in which a Cape Town truck driver lost his son when his vehicle overturned after hitting a pothole near Viljoenskroon had spurred her into action to bring the condition of roads to the attention of politicians.

“The lorry turned over and landed on the arm of the son. The father did not have it in him to cut off his son’s arm to save him and his son burnt to death.”

Shahim said the boy was accompanying his father during a school holiday to see what it was like to drive from Cape Town to Johannesburg.

“That did it for me,” she said.

Free State DA leader Roy Jankielsohn said the petition showed it was not just “two or three” Free State opposition politicians saying roads should be fixed, but nearly 10?000 ordinary people.

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