‘Fix traffic light - or else’

2017-07-20 06:02
PHOTO: suppliedChildren use the road all the time.

PHOTO: suppliedChildren use the road all the time.

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RESIDENTS from Mkholombe area signed a petition demanding that Ray Nkonyeni Municipality fix a faulty traffic light - or else.

The petition contains 100 signatures from residents in Murchison, Izingolweni,
Merlewood and Bhoboyi, raising concerns over a traffic light on the N2 which has not worked since December.

The petition states that the traffic light has endangered the many motorists and pedestrians that use the road, including school children as three schools exist with the one kilometre radius of it.

“Surrounding communities share the view that the municipality could at least have afforded them a zebra crossing. “It is exasperating that municipal and other government vehicles are among those terrorising vulnerable road users,” reads the petition.

Spearheading the campaign is Mkholombe resident Gumisayi Saidi who said violent protests were not always the solution to voicing one’s grievances.

“I have emailed the petition to the municipality and if they don’t meet our demands I am willing to even go to court with the matter,” said Saidi.

The municipality has been given until July 24 to either fix the traffic lights or have a
zebra crossing painted on the road and put up street signs.

Municipal spokesperson
Simon April said the traffic lights were previously repeatedly fixed by the municipality, but the problem returned within 24 hours due to cable theft.

“The safety of road users, and worse, the school
children is our concern and the municipality cannot work through this alone. We need all the relevant stakeholders to assist to ensure that once the cable has been replaced, it is not stolen again,” said April adding that the municipality would fix the traffic lights, however, they had no authority to draw zebra crossing as the road was a national road under Sanral.

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