DA says lights on M1 highway out because Eskom was not paid

2011-03-31 08:47

Lights on the M1 highway between Johannesburg and Midrand had been out for more than eight months because the Gauteng province had not paid Eskom, the DA said today.

“It’s highly dangerous driving on this road at night without the lights,” said DA councillor Marcelle Ravid.

“I really fear that a bad accident will happen because of this. They were on briefly during the soccer World Cup, but have been off ever since.”

Ravid said he had complained about this repeatedly to the city but was told by an official at Johannesburg’s Region E that the provincial government was to blame.

DA Gauteng transport spokesman Neil Campbell said: “It’s totally unacceptable that a government department fails to pay its debts, especially where the safety of the public is at risk.”

Comment was not immediately available from the Gauteng provincial government. 

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