Taxi op­er­a­tors de­mand crit­i­cal road re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Muzi Zin­c­ume

MEM­BERS of Old Main Road

Taxi As­so­ci­a­tion will pres­surise De­part­ment of Trans­port (DoT) of­fi­cials to­day (Mon­day) to com­mit to the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the cru­cial D1558 road link­ing Dlan­gubo and KwaDlangewa.

This after mem­bers of the As­so­ci­a­tion on Fri­day morn­ing staged a protest along the R230 link­ing Eshowe and Em­pan­geni.

An­gry taxi op­er­a­tors block­aded the P230 with burn­ing tyres, logs, rocks and branches, pre­vent­ing ac­cess to both ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans while they waited for DoT Re­gional Man­ager, Hlengiwe Ntombela.

Pro­tes­tors from Inte­ne­shane,

Nt­shidi and Ncek­wane de­manded to meet with Ntombela so that their chal­lenges could be ad­dressed on the spot.

Khum­bu­lani Ng­cobo said they are ‘sick and tired of empty prom­ises’ from the Re­gional DoT.

‘We want to state that if they fail to ad­here to our de­mands we will make sure that no mo­torist is able to use this road as from to­day.

‘The D1558 is ex­tremely bad and our ve­hi­cles are get­ting dam­aged day by day. We have raised this mat­ter numer­ous time, but it seems as if there is no-one will­ing to as­sist us.

‘We are start­ing to believe that the only lan­guage to con­vince the de­part­ment to re­ha­bil­i­tate that road is through protest,’ said Ng­cobo.

Ng­cobo said if the de­part­ment keeps on giv­ing them empty prom­ises, the P230 will be shut down and all grade 12 learn­ers writ­ing their ex­ams will be dis­turbed.

Ntombela promised the pro­test­ers that on Mon­day her de­part­ment will bring ma­chines to D1558 to start re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

She was ac­com­pa­nied by uMlalazi Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Man­ager, Ray Mn­guni and var­i­ous uMlalazi ward coun­cil­lors.

‘The pledge was put in writ­ing and they threat­ened that if the de­part­ment tries to fool them they will not hes­i­tate to close the road again,’ said King Cetshwayo Po­lice Clus­ter spokesper­son, Cap­tain Mbon­geni Md­lalose.

Mtuzini SAPS mem­bers opened the P230

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