Shocking details have emerged about the poor quality of the R7-million “re-gravelling” of roads in the Chris Hani District Municipality, by the same company who was slammed in Gauteng for alleged sub-standard work. The state of the roads is blamed for numerous accidents and damage to property.
The Democratic Alliance has written to the MEC of Roads and Transport, Weziwe Tikana, again after having received no response to our request for an urgent investigation into alleged serious maladministration in terms of roads contracts in Chris Hani District Municipality emanating from contracts awarded in 2014.
The DA believes that a functional road network is necessary for local economies and jobs to flourish and for the safety of our people.
This is just another example of how the interests of the people of this province continue to be a non-priority for the Department of Roads. It was reported in the media recently that Premier Phumulo Masualle had to get the help of private investigators to probe a R632-million mess relating to 21 road projects in the province between the 2013/14 and 2015/16 financial years.
The road leading to Nkolonga Village (the main route to Komani from Nkolonga and Xhonxa Dam) is in a very dangerous state and may be considered as life-threatening. The condition of the road has led to various serious accidents and damage to property. This is after the Department of Roads and Public Works awarded a tender for re-gravelling of this road to a ‘safe and acceptable standard’ in 2014