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Oversight visit to R4.3 million Amahlati Municipality road paints different picture

May 16, 2018
Oversight visit to R4.3 million Amahlati Municipality road paints different picture

The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday said that it has submitted questions to Eastern Cape MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Fikile Xasa, after his department alleged that the tarring and upgrading of the Lower Kologha Road in Stutterheim is 81% complete.

"This road is an accident that is waiting to happen," said Vicky Knoetze (MPL), DA Eastern Cape Shadow MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

"According to responses from the MEC, this road is 81% complete and only requires the final layer of tar. An oversight inspection of the project tells a different story."

Knoetze said that these images show what R4.3 million of roadworks look like in the Eastern Cape.

"The MEC further stated that the project was on hold due to poor performance by the contractor as well as financial difficulties since early 2017," she added.

"The Amahlati Municipality finally terminated the contract in November 2017, a year after the project was placed on hold.

"No work has been done on this road since then and the R4.3 million that was already spent on this road has gone down the drain, all at the expense of ratepayers. There is absolutely no value for money."

Knoetze said that people travelling on the Lower Kologha Road should have been travelling on a world class, tarred road by November 2016 however, motorists travelling on this route are still dodging potholes and dangerous incomplete sections of the road while no work is being done on this route.

"A project that was supposed to be completed in 22 weeks is still incomplete after 96 weeks.

"It is clear that the municipality as well as the department have a complete disregard for the communities need for a safe and reliable roads network," she described.

"The fact that this project is still incomplete and the road has been left to deteriorate is indicative of a government that has lost touch with the people. It is a symptom of complete maladministration."