Un­sta­ble stu­dent bridge needs closer in­spec­tion

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Or­rin Singh

MORE than 300 Uni­ver­sity of Zu­l­u­land (Unizulu) stu­dents have to cross a makeshift bridge ev­ery day.

The bridge it­self, made from a few wooden beams, ply­wood and nails, is be­lieved to have been con­structed by en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents at Unizulu.

It runs over a stream which is known to flood dur­ing the rainy sea­son.

While there are al­ter­nate routes which can be taken to get to the uni­ver­sity, the bridge was con­structed with the sole pur­pose of halv­ing the time it would take us­ing any of the other routes.

The ZO this week vis­ited the site where the struc­ture has been erected and saw at least 15 stu­dents cross­ing the bridge within a five-minute pe­riod.

One of these stu­dents, Sph­e­sihle Mathaba, said she crosses the bridge at least five days a week when go­ing to uni­ver­sity.

‘It’s scary, es­pe­cially to­wards the mid­dle. It’s bouncy and not very sta­ble,’ she said.

The bridge is si­t­u­ated be­hind the uni­ver­sity’s Cre­ative Arts Depart­ment and poses a risk to stu­dents as it has no cen­tre sup­port­ing beam nor hand rails.

uMh­lathuze Mu­nic­i­pal­ity spokesper­son, Mdu Ncalane, said the city will in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter.

‘We need to have a closer look into the prob­lem and also see whether it has ever been men­tioned in the IDP pro­grammes or by the ward.

‘As much as we com­mend stu­dents for the ini­tia­tive, such struc­tures will need to be ex­am­ined to see whether they pose any risk to users,’ said Ncalane.

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