LACK OF WORK­ING STREET LIGHTS RAISES IRE OF LO­CALS

The Rep - - FRONT PAGE - SIVENATHI GOSA

VAR­I­OUS streets in Ko­mani are in the dark due to non-func­tion­ing street lights.

Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent Gavin Men­toor said this week the is­sue of high mast lights not work­ing in the area had been re­ported to the Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (EMLM) over the past three months.

Prom­ises had been made to have them re­paired, but to no avail.

“An el­derly woman was mugged in the morn­ing re­cently on her way to the clinic as it was dark. Peo­ple are afraid to walk alone in the streets be­cause of the dark­ness.

“The tech­ni­cians have promised to look into the mat­ter. They said they do not have bulbs and the truck is in Tarkas­tad,” said Men­toor.

Tech­ni­cians had ar­rived re­cently, but had only checked on the lights and had left with­out ef­fect­ing re­pairs, he said.

The Rep re­ported (“De­fec­tive street lights to get at­ten­tion”, Fe­bru­ary 24) that the Mu­nic­i­pal In­fra­struc­ture Sup­port Agent (Misa) had de­ployed per­son­nel to con­duct an anal­y­sis on the street lights and why they are not func­tion­ing and not me­tered.

EMLM spokesman Fundile Feket­shane said at the time the tech­ni­cal ser­vices depart­ment would at­tend to the mat­ter and is­sue a ten­der no­tice after June.

“In the next fi­nan­cial year which starts in June this year, the tech­ni­cal ser­vice depart­ment will craft terms of ref­er­ence and is­sue a ten­der no­tice to nor­malise the sit­u­a­tion, and even after the sit­u­a­tion has been nor­malised, our elec­tri­cians will con­tinue with the rou­tine main­te­nance of the street lights as the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is com­mit­ted to de­liver qual­ity ser­vices to its peo­ple.”

West­bourne res­i­dent Velile Mayek­iso said the lights had not func­tioned for the past six years, ex­cept for one in Spar­row Street, which fi­nally stopped work­ing in Jan­uary this year.

“Peo­ple are be­ing mugged and stabbed, es­pe­cially on pay day. It is not easy to go out in the early morn­ings to work with­out fear­ing for your life be­cause it is still dark,” said Mayek­iso.

He said house­break­ings in the area were in­creas­ing.

Queen­stown com­mu­nity po­lice fo­rum chair­man An­dries Sch­le­busch said among the streets with­out lights was the busy Ko­mani Street in the CBD.

“In the last meet­ing on July 15, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity said they were wait­ing for the bud­get to be ap­proved. Now that there is a strike, things are at a stand­still,” said Sch­le­busch.

Ques­tions have been sent to EMLM since July 25, but no re­sponse had been re­ceived by the time of go­ing to press.

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