MKHOLOMBE residents celebrated as Ray Nkonyeni Municipality responded to their call for the repair of traffic lights in the area on Sunday. Earlier this month the community submitted a petition to the municipality demanding that the traffic lights in the area which had been faulty since December last year be fixed by July 24.A day before the deadline date, on Sunday, a team from the municipality’s technical services department was seen working on the traffic lights.Due to technical issues the traffic lights were not repaired and switched on the same day as planned however RNM promised that the project was completed by the following afternoon. “The plan was to repair and switch on the traffic lights by Sunday, July 23, but the damage was found to be very extensive, cable sleeves are blocked and there is more concrete breaking that still needs to be done,” said technical services electricity manager Nandi Sihlali. Sihlali said while on site her team was disconcerted by remarks from residents that the municipality was wasting their time as cables would soon be stolen again. Gumisayi Saidi, who led the campaign, said he was pleased with the repairs.“The safety campaign now shifts to the community. The community must have a sense of ownership to important resources such as these. “The community policing forum and the SAPS will have to assist in deterring criminals from stealing the newly installed cables,” said Saidi, calling on the local councillor to hold a meeting with residents on how this can be achieved.