City considers closing crossing after drownings

2013-11-21 00:00

AS the search continues for the man swept off the low-level bridge last weekend, the municipality is considering closing the road in an attempt to put a stop to seasonal deaths.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said yesterday that the warning signs and boom gates that have been erected at the Woodhouse Road low-level bridge were clearly inadequate to prevent deaths there.

“It does seem though that it’s not enough, and we need to work out a plan. We are looking at the option of closing that road as a temporary measure and building a pedestrian bridge for people to cross over. Funding for the pedestrian bridge will be identified during the mid-year review, which is between December and January next year,” said Zuma.

Meanwhile, the family and friends of Lihle Mthiyane, who was swept off the bridge on Sunday, still hold out hope that he is alive. They are having sleepless nights, not knowing his whereabouts.

Mthiyane’s car was swept off the Woodhouse Road after the river level rose during a violent storm.

Relatives and friends continued the search yesterday without the police search-and-rescue team, who were sent to the Tongaat mall to help with rescue efforts there.

Lieutenant Jack Haskins said they would continue their search today.

Mthiyane worked in the family’s taxi business.

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