Metro seemingly ignores the danger a pothole along Rietfontein Road poses

This pothole has reportedly damaged several cars and nearly caused an accident. One driver says the waterlogged pothole turned his trip into a nightmare - after smashing his car through it.

The road surface defect – located on the northbound lane at the traffic light on Rietfontein Road next to EG Jansen school – could send your car flying off the road.

One disgruntled driver, Charles Williams, said he was among dozens of people who had their cars damaged after hitting the unexpected pothole on September 9.

Williams said his car hit the pothole and nearly tipped over before he managed to veer into the opposite lane which posed serious danger to oncoming traffic.

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The pothole caused extensive damage to the tyre, wheel and suspension of his car.

Subsequently,Williams noticed several other cars parked on the kerbside with their repective drivers also replacing their car tyres that had been damaged by the same pothole.

Beware of this waterlogged pothole which has left many drivers with flat tyres. One of the pothole victims has accused the department responsible for maintaining roads of turning a blind eye to the situation.

The victim claimed someone told him the hole had appeared a few weeks ago and was growing day by day, yet the metro hasn’t taken any action to close it.

Williams is pleading with the metro to treat this road defect as a matter of urgency before it causes a fatal accident. He also suggested that in the meantime, the metro should put up signs to warn drivers, so the same thing doesn’t happen to drivers who are not aware of the hole.

Williams said he is considering lodging a claim against the Ekurhuleni metro for the damages he believes are a result of negligence by the municipality.

When the Advertiser visited the affected area to observe the condition of the road – after receiving a complaint from Williams on Tuesday afternoon – it still not been secured or repaired.

Vehicles approaching the waterlogged pothole were seen making emergency stops and have to swerve in an attempt to avoid the death trap.

The Advertiser has requested comment from the Ekurhuleni metro but none had been received at the time of publication.

  AUTHOR
Fanie Mthupha
Journalist

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