Lack of street lights poses danger

2019-05-01 06:02

APPROXIMATELY 1 000 street lights are out of order in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro because the municipality has a shortage of light bulbs.

This comes after the municipality allegedly failed to tender for the supply of light bulbs, leaving residents in the metro in the dark and prey for criminals.

According to the DA spokesperson for safety and security in the metro, Gustav Rautenbach, the NMBM should have taken the necessary steps to ensure that a contract is in place.

“All contracts come to an end; however, it’s the municipality’s responsibility to make sure that residents receive the services they pay for.

“Darkness is a criminal’s best friend – residents live in fear because the municipality is failing to deliver proper services,” Rautenbach said.

Rautenbach claimed that R200 000 was spent on the supply of light bulbs without a contract in place. However, he commented that the municipality had reached the limit and still no tender has been made available.

Amid alleged reports that general maintenance of the city’s infrastructure is collapsing, according to Rautenbach, the municipality needs to make sure that all residents are safe and that aging infrastructure is fixed.

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