The rainy season brought with it a whole lot of potholes on South African roads…
And while many are waiting for government to fix the tattered roads, a KZN community is not holding back in raising awareness of the treacherous Midland Meanders. The local municipality, however, was not amused.
A pothole “fishing contest” was held this past weekend in an attempt to raise awareness around the severe pothole problem in Curry’s Post Conservancy in the KZN Midlands.
Dinosaurs, a bagpipe player, yellow rubber ducks and a bunch of bereaved residents made light of the Umngeni Municipality, saying they have failed to maintain potholes in the area.
Two community members brought the humour when they dressed in dinosaur costumes while a bagpipe player entertained onlookers.
The uMngeni municipality released a a statement accusing the DA of arranging the event that they say was “poorly orchestrated.”
The municipality said that the pothole repairs in the area “are in phase one” but could not commence due to heavy rains.
The DA has, in the past, called out the municipality on its lack of action over dangerous potholes.
The state of roads in the uMngeni municipality is disastrous. The deteriorating roads pose a hazard to lives and are harmful to the local economy. Motorists and pedestrians are at risk as cars often either have to drive off the road or into oncoming traffic to avoid the potholes.
— DA KZN (@DA_KZN) September 14, 2020
In September 2014, the municipality had to pay over R450,000 to Lorraine Margaret Burns who was seriously injured when a pothole caused her car tyre to blow. The vehicle plunged down an embankment, and Burns spent three weeks in hospital.
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