Many roads out in the Sekhukhune district are gravel roads, so when we see heavy rain like we have in recent weeks, the flooding can cause the extra water to wash the road away and create lots of potholes.
Due to heavy rain we’ve seen recently, the D4220 in Burgersfort, D4036 in Zebediela and D4260 in Malope developed potholes and become unsafe at many places.
Motorists described D4260 road as the busiest road which demanded to be repaired further calling for immediate intervention for public officials.
Malope resident, Mantokane Digomo, said no effort has been made to maintain the road, the entire traffic is getting diverted a road passing through it.
“This is the old road and deserves to be tarred. During heavy rains we find uprooted dead trees on the road which causes unsafe to the car and causes a lot of safety issues,” said Digomo
Speaking of D4220, Thobane Kgwadi, community leader, said some drivers forced to abandon their cars submerged in water.
“Apart from the physical discomfort to drivers, vehicles also take a beating,” emphasised Kgwadi.
He said motorists and residents are enduring untold suffering.
“It is unjust that the department has turned blind eye to the problems. Subsequently, debris is being dumped into the potholes,” he said.
Commenting on D4036, Jonas Makhafola, a community leader, said lot of damaged has caused since rain started.
He blamed failed project meant to construct the road in 2017. He said gravelling the rod was not an option because during rain seasons water takes away soil from the road.