DA Requests MEC to Urgently Resolve R719 Maintenance

David Ross MP

DA Constituency head for Lejweleputswa District

It has come under the attention of the Democratic Alliance (DA) that the company responsible for maintenance on the Bultfontein/Wesselsbron (R719), Concrete, has discontinued their work owing to alleged non-payment by the Department of Police, Roads and Transport . As a result, it appears as if the road has been closed while officials who are responsible for regulating traffic at stop-and-go’s are not present while motorists are using the road.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) today requested the Free State MEC for Police, Roads and Transport, Mr. Butana Komphela, to consider the matter and urgently implement corrective measures. It would be unacceptable that the contractors who were given the tender to maintain and fix the road to the amount of R188 million, were not paid.

Free State roads, which are the heartbeat of our economy, cannot remain in disrepair, especially as a result of the Department not paying contractors.

Recently, the DA requested President Jacob Zuma to intervene in the Free State roads debacle after we had received numerous complaints from contractors involved with roads construction in the Free State. The DA will also raise the matter in the Free State Legislature in order to find out why the maintenance work in the R719 has come to a standstill.

Should it be true that the Concrete had not been paid, the Free State government is responsible for another road fiasco in the Free State, as well as numerous workers who possibly will not be paid.

The DA will continue to push for reasonable measures to improve our provincial roads network. Our provincial economy requires a sound roads network in order to ensure investment and development. The provincial economy will not develop with tarred roads which are only 12% good to very good and 17% fair, and gravel roads that are only 10% fair to very good. The implementation of the Free State Growth and Development Strategy will only to place if our provincial roads network is high on the agendas of both our provincial and national governments.

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