Protests blamed for bad roads

THE City of Cape Town has warned that service delivery protests have contributed to the bad state of some of the roads in Khayelitsha.

The warning comes after residents had complained about potholes on the township's roads.

Roads that are in a bad state include Mew Way in TR-Section, Benayo Crescent, the Makhabeni and Nonkqubela Link, a shopping centre in Site B in Khayelitsha.

Barry Wood, acting director for roads and stormwater in the City of Cape Town, said one of the reasons for the bad state of Khayelitsha roads was the service delivery protests.

"Mew Way Road, in particular, has also been the site of many service delivery protests in which tyres were burnt on the roads, effectively damaging the road surface," he said.

Wood also said the effective repair of potholes in areas where grey water was present remained a problem throughout the year.

He said it was not always possible to permanently repair potholes during the winter rainfall season, because the repairs were continually eroded.

Wood said the repair of potholes in informal Khayelitsha areas was more problematic than repairs in formalised areas, owing to the presence of grey water.

Resident Nomaphakathi Bartman said a Golden Arrow bus was involved in an accident with a minibus taxi after it tried to avoid the potholes on Mew Way Road last Friday.

The taxi was severely damaged and a man was seriously injured.

Bartman said the potholes were endangering the lives of pedestrians and motorists.

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