Waterloo footbridge a ‘disaster’

2018-04-26 06:00
Children cross the bridge with no guard rails in Waterloo.PHOTO: andile sithole

Children cross the bridge with no guard rails in Waterloo.PHOTO: andile sithole

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WATERLOO residents are pleading for the intervention of officials from eThekwini Municipality to investigate why the foot bridge in the area has not been completed.

Residents said that the incomplete structure does not have guard rails and it is being used by children. A resident Zanele Mkhize said parents are demanding answers from the municipality and a construction company that did not complete the work.

“Residents fear that the children will fall and drown in the Umdloti River as the bridge does not have guard rails on the sides. We have reported the matter to other councillors previously, but nobody seems to be interested. This structure is 20 meters above a fast flowing river.

“Young children are seen using this bridge without adult supervision,” Mkhize said. Mkhize said that during school holidays parents have to be on high alert to avoid their children crossing the incomplete bridge.

“Our main concern is that the structure is a disaster waiting to happen. The bridge crosses over the river and if a child falls down the bridge, the residents will blame our officials.

“For the past 10 years we have been waiting for answers from our officials,” Mkhize said.

When the Weekly visited the area on Friday, April 13 to investigate, children could be seen playing on the incomplete structure.

Ward councillor Johnson Chetty said: “The details of which department had constructed this bridge is still sketchy.”

Chetty said that the authorities have built the bridge to connect people from Waterloo to Cornubia.

Chetty said: “I became aware of the existence of this bridge only a fortnight ago. The intention to build the bridge was quite noble.

“However, my concern is that no guard rails were ever constructed. My concern is that should anyone fall over, then the potential for serious injury or death is reasonably possible”.

Chetty promised to address the matter with the eThekwini Municipality.

“I am optimistic that these safety concerns will be addressed,” said
Chetty.

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