Department misses promised R24 lights deadline

Graham Gersbach MPL

DA Spokesperson on Roads

Despite assurances from the department for Roads and Transport, lights on the R24 Albertina Sisulu Highway have still not been repaired.

In a written response from MEC Ismail Vadi, assurances were given that this long standing issue would be resolved by the end of September, as spare parts were required to rectify the issue. To date these lights are still not working, and subsequent to the reply, more lights have gone down.

Lights not working on the R24 now start from Bach Road, continuing for another 12km to the O.R. Tambo International Airport interchange onto the R21 going south to Boksburg, and North to Kempton Park and Pretoria.

The R24 is the major road link between the O. R. Tambo International Airport, the Cities of Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg making it a crucial component of Gauteng’s transport network.

A lack of lighting on the R24 and the recurring failure of lights on service roads along the R24 in Ekurhuleni make it a very dangerous road for traffic users and a safe haven for criminals.

The DA will write to MEC Vadi and demand an explanation for the delay in repairs and a revised completion date. Coupled with this, a request will be made that MEC to provide a comprehensive turnaround strategy for more immediate and more effective repairs to outages of lights along provincial roads.