Residents want better roads

Godfrey Koko standing next to his destroyed brick wall.

Something needs to be done and very quickly, as we are tired of inhaling dust all our lives, say angry residents of Extension 4 in Mamelodi East.

They said since they started living in Extension 4 in 1990, they had been inhaling dust because of the government’s empty promises.

They were promised tarred roads and storm drainage but nothing had happened to date.

All these promises always come before the elections. They said they saw no point of voting for leaders who could not keep their promises.

Resident, Magoden Chiloane said: “We have lost count of the meetings we have had with the councillors in this area about the problem we are facing everyday because of the dusty streets.

“All the councillors have empty promises, and never produce anything.”

The roads are dusty and when it rains our streets are muddy. We cannot even open the windows to our houses because of the dust,” said Chiloane.

Another resident, Godfrey Koko said that cars had rammed into his brick perimeter wall because motorists had to speed through mud to avoid getting stuck and then often lost control.

Koko said residents had invited Councillor Collen Marishane to show him these problems but he had never bothered to come.

“The only tarred roads here in Extension 4 are the main road and the road leading to the Mamelodi East police station,” said Koko.

Recently, residents used building rubble to fix their roads, and erected speed humps to force motorist to slow down.

They said they were concerned about the health consequences of breathing in dust over a long period of time.

They said the government promised a better life at election time but had resolved to not vote unless the mayor came to Extension 4 to see their living conditions.

They said they want nothing to do with Marishane because he did nothing when they reported their problems to him.

Another problem the residents said they complained to Marishane about was the dysfunctional streetlights but he had never responded.

Marishane declined Record’s invitation to comment.

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Stephen Selaluke
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