Thieves cause collapse of Durban bridge

2012-06-26 15:41

Durban - Thieves stealing metal shackles caused the collapse of the pedestrian portion of a bridge over Durban's Umgeni River, the Daily News reported on Tuesday.

EThekwini municipality's road systems deputy head Carlos Esteves said the thieves somehow managed to get under the bridge, which is several metres above the river, and steal the stainless steel metal shackles.

He said the collapse of the Elli Brown Viaduct's pedestrian walkway into the Umgeni River had nothing to do with age or structural degradation.

The bridge was built in the 1950s and connects central Durban with the northern coastal suburbs, such as La Lucia and Umhlanga.

"The collapse was unforeseen because the thieves were stealing the connectors under the bridge. We're amazed that they were able to access that area."

He said the stolen steel was not exceptionally valuable.

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-26 15:55

    These okes can steal anything, and do ..... often !!

      Michaele - 2012-06-26 15:58

      Deteem, Be carefull, pull up those shorts otherwise they will steal them as well.

      mariuskowie - 2012-06-26 16:10

      I wish they would put the ingenuity of stealing towards entrepreneurship. South Africa would be one of the best economies on this earth, not one of the worst like we are now.

      jan.dutoit.7583 - 2012-06-26 16:21

      deeteem, you right, if they want to steel they will do so and nothing will stop them. Pity the bridge did not fall on them as they were going along

  • Michaele - 2012-06-26 15:55

    Here we go again, we can't keep our hands off other peoples/public property. I need to steel because my LEEDAH does it too.

  • Scouter - 2012-06-26 16:01

    If only these people would apply the same kind of ingenuity to honest, productive activity then there might be some hope for SA......

  • Irene - 2012-06-26 16:14

    Pity the bridge never fell on them.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-26 16:20

      I second that.

  • sharon.hamilton.737001 - 2012-06-26 16:19

    Eish morena, but I needs that steel to put on da roof, stop it from flying away.

  • ofentse.thole - 2012-06-26 16:33

    its all this cash for scrap nonsense that is opening the avenue for this crimes .

  • Jimmy Reynolds - 2012-06-26 16:57

    Says a lot about the structural evaluation that happened before the modifications...

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-06-26 16:58

    This bridge most probably was not for the poor ....

  • oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-06-26 17:01

    So what, just build anouther bridge.Government has got plenty money. Maybe one of their family can get the tender..

  • Bulls - 2012-06-26 20:59

    Go for the big fish SAP,the scrap yard boys they are creating a market for lawlessness. Oh! by the way who owns the biggest steel company in the world? Clue for you Mr police investigator.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-06-26 22:39

    Can't read, write or understand the benefits of not crapping in their own drinking water, but stealing? Absolute geniuses.

  • johnwaldeck - 2012-06-27 11:58

    Its all part of the African Renaissance- destroy the apartheid infrastructure and revert the country back to the bush.

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