The Democratic Alliance has learned with horror that four motorists lost their lives allegedly as result of large potholes in the road.

The incident occurred on the R56 between Matatiele and Cedarville. What makes this all the more shocking is the fact that it is alleged by members of the community that numerous massive potholes on the R56 had been cleared to be filled, but this was never done.

This is a cross-border road and is used by numerous taxis on a daily basis. We do not want to witness a tragedy.

What is of concern here is firstly the disrepair of our roads and secondly the fact that there is apparently no commitment from the side of the Department of Roads to ensure that contractors do indeed deliver proper work.

I have written to the MEC for Roads and Public Works, Pemmy Majodina, this morning, to request her urgent intervention to ensure that the R56 death-trap be rectified immediately, before more lives are lost unnecessarily.

We cannot allow contractors to take the government and the citizens of the province for the ride. The contractor who is allegedly responsible for this shocking work must be brought to book if negligence on his side is indeed proven.

It is time that the ruling party and government departments make the political decision to act against corrupt contractors who are undermining effective service delivery.

For further information, please contact Pine Pienaar, MPL on 082 446 1888

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