‘Pothole of hell’ on provincial road

2018-01-26 06:00
PHOTO: khaya magenuThe pothole near New Amalfi farm.

PHOTO: khaya magenuThe pothole near New Amalfi farm.

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MORE than 20 vehicles have suffered tyre damage in less than two weeks after hitting a big pothole between Kokstad and Cedarville near New Amalfi farm on the R56.

The pothole, seen by Fever, is about 30cm deep and is right in the middle of the road.

When Fever went to investigate why authorities had not patched the “pothole of hell” on Monday night, the reporter saw four motorists’ tyres damaged and the rims cracked.

Fever has fielded a number of calls from motorists complaining about the pothole, which, for almost a year, has not been repaired.

“My car almost went off the road due to the impact of hitting the pothole,” said Matatiele resident, Wandile­ Mafunda, who was driving from Kokstad to Matatiele.

While Mafunda was stuck on the side of the road by the pothole three other vehicles’ tyres were also damaged. “I have to now call a friend to help me with a tyre as I only have one spare. What makes matters worse is that this happens when the tyre repair shops are closed.”

A BMW driver, who asked Fever not mention his name, was forced to sleep on the side of the road for the night due to the damage to his vehicle’s tyres.

“My tyre damage is estimated at about R10 000 without taking into account the other costs, and I don’t know where I am going to get new tyres because all spares shops in Kokstad have been closed,” said the motorist.

“The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport is responsible for this pothole. I don’t know whether they are waiting for someone to die before they fix this death trap,” said the driver.

The Department of Transport, which is responsible for the road's maintenance, could not be reached for comment as their landline rang unanswered.

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