Sign up, bring down road carnage

2016-10-27 06:00
PHOTO: candyce krishna At the press briefing are (from left) Paul Brauteseth (Ward 3 councillor), DA MPL, Rishigen Viranna (Ugu Constituency Head) and Dave Watson (caucus leader).

PHOTO: candyce krishna At the press briefing are (from left) Paul Brauteseth (Ward 3 councillor), DA MPL, Rishigen Viranna (Ugu Constituency Head) and Dave Watson (caucus leader).

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THE Ugu South DA is petitioning the national Assembly to pressurise Sanral to erect barriers on the R61 near the Izotsha Toll Plaza to stop motorists from making u-turns, to help bring down the death toll.

At a press briefing in Port Shepstone on Monday, DA MPL, Rishigen Viranna (Ugu Constituency head) said the community had been in communication with both RTI and Sanral for over 24 months in attempt to rectify this situation.

Shelly Beach residents prompted this action, calling for political intervention after their attempts had failed.

“They [residents] have been frustrated with false promises of construction and inaction by these actions, all the while deaths on this stretch of road continues,” said Viranna.

He added that following engagements with the DA Shadow Minister of Transport, the DA received the following response from Nazir Alli, Sanral CEO.

• He accused the DA of politicising the issue ahead of the local government elections.

• He claims the current R61 set-up is designed to allow for safe passage of all road users

• He passes the blame solely onto lawlessness and the lack of law enforcement.

“There have been numerous accidents for the past 24 months, not just around the elections,” said Viranna.

He made reference to the Mandini and Dokodweni ramp toll plazas in the North Coast where many lives were lost. Sanral reacted by erecting cable barriers between the carriageways that has successfully stopped carnage due to illegal u-turning.

“The question is, why can’t this be done on the R61 too?” he asked.

Hard copies of the petition are available at Shelly Beach businesses.

The addresses as well as the electronic version of the petition are available on The petition calls for a minimum of 5 000 signatures.

“Identity numbers have to be disclosed in order for the signatures to count. Nobody’s personal details will be given out and the site’s firewall is safe,” said Viranna.

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