Call for speed humps

2019-07-18 06:00
Two cars and quantum collided at four-way-stop on the corner of Mew Way and Steve Biko roads near Endlovini Informal Settlement on Sunday.PHOTO: unathi obose

Two cars and quantum collided at four-way-stop on the corner of Mew Way and Steve Biko roads near Endlovini Informal Settlement on Sunday.PHOTO: unathi obose

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Endlovini Informal Settlement residents are demanding an immediate installation of speed humps on the busy Mew Way Road following an accident between two vehicles and a Quantum minibus on Sunday.

The three vehicles collided on the four-way-stop on the corner of Mew Way and Steve Biko Road. One person was injured and rushed to hospital. The collision is a latest in a series of accidents on the stretch of the road between Japtha Masemola Road and Baden Powell Drive and residents are angry.

The residents claim that efforts to revamp and narrow the road last year have not yielded desired results. Some sections of the road underwent revamping last year as part of the pending Golden Arrow bus depot, opposite False Bay College.

Resident Sindiswa Mato said they’ve been begging ward councillor, Bongile Ngcani, to install speed humps. “I don’t know how many times we talked to the councillor about the speed humps. We even protested in 2017 after one of the residents was hit by a car but up until today nothing has happened,” she said.

Mato described Mew Way Road as a busy road. She said the set of pedestrian robots that was installed was ineffective.

“I don’t know how many people must die before the City will install speed humps. Some people are walking with crutches because of speeding motorists,” said Mato.

She added that she was concerned about young children who cross the road daily to get to school and back.

Commenting on some of the concerns Ngcani said Mew Way was “classified as a national road” and the City has no power to install speed humps on it.

“According to the City’s bylaws, there is no way that we can install speed humps there. City’s officials visited the area early this year to check what they can do to minimise the accidents that are happening on Mew Way. They suggested to build sidewalks instead of speed humps,” said Ngcani, but didn’t specify when the City will start with the construction of the sidewalks.

Ngcani agreed that Mew Way is a dangerous road and urged motorists to slow down when driving in that area.

“Three months ago seven people were injured on that road and four of them died,” said Ngcani. He stated that most accidents occurred during weekends when many motorists are drunk. Lingelethu Police Station communications officer Sergeant Xoliswa Nyalambisa confirmed the incident. She said there were no fatal injuries. “Only one driver of the Quantum had a head injury and was hospitalised,” she said. Nyalambisa said a case for reckless and negligent driving was opened.

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