The City of Cape Town is calling on residents to please help identify those responsible for vandalising the traffic signal at the intersection of Prince George Drive (M5) and Oude Vlei Road in Marina Da Gama, in the Far South. The signal has now been destroyed for the fourth time in eight months.
The traffic signal at this intersection was vandalised on Tuesday evening, 7 January 2020. Officials from the City's Transport Directorate still need to assess the extent of the damage, and it is uncertain when repairs will be undertaken and how long it will take to get the signal functioning again.
'This is a disgrace. This signal was repaired by mid-December 2019, also as a result of vandalism. It is not even a month later and we are now faced with another emergency repair yet again. This wilful destruction of public property is endangering the lives of motorists and pedestrians alike. Traffic flow will be severely impacted next week when most residents return to work and with the schools opening for the new year. Also, every time a signal is destroyed we spend thousands of rands to get it repaired it is a waste of money and resources that could have been used for other priorities.
'I'm calling on residents to please help us identify the perpetrators and to report the details to the South African Police Service, or the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63. I also want to warn those who target our essential infrastructure that we are investigating avenues for installing surveillance equipment at these hotspots so that we can identify the suspects and have them arrested and prosecuted,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Alderman Felicity Purchase.
The City will inform the public once repairs are underway.
'In the meantime, we request motorists to approach this intersection with caution, especially at night, and to use it as a 4-way-stop until further notice,' said Alderman Purchase.
Source: City Of Cape Town