Fritz de Klerk at the open sewage hole. Photo: Ron Sibiya
The Tshwane metro this week cleaned up a rubble-strewn road in Pretoria West that had been closed for traffic since the beginning of the year, much to the relief of many local residents.
Angry protesters had strewn large rocks across Soutter Street to prevent motorists from using it.
In the past, metro workers would clean up the road on several occasions – and nearby residents would then simply throw rocks and construction rubble in the road again once they leave.
“Municipal workers began removing building rubble and stones on Tuesday,” local business owner Fritz de Klerk told Rekord.
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The workers resumed their work on Wednesday and cleaned it up completely.
Protesters were angry about a large ditch the metro had dug up in November last year without bothering to fill it up again.
“Since then, raw sewage has been flowing down the road,” De Klerk said.
Ironically, the hole was dug open by the metro to fix blockages in the pipeline.
Locals first blocked the road in January, after a man fell into the uncovered sewage ditch and was badly injured.
The road was blocked again on 8 March and last week as well.
Businesses in the area said they could not take the smell anymore. Some even had to close up their businesses after protests erupted again.
“This whole ordeal is starting to affect my business negatively,” said De Klerk.
He said business was “quiet” because customers could not use the road to get to his premises anymore.
The Tshwane metro could not comment at the time of going to print.
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