Damaged roads in Vusumuzi make residents vulnerable

Community member George Moyane pointing out damaged roads in Vusumuzi.

The Vusumuzi community is being deprived of access to basic emergency services as ambulances are unable to enter the informal settlement.

DA spokesperson for Human Settlements in Ekurhuleni Clr Mabekenyane Thamahane said he was approached by a 65-year-old Vusumuzi resident, George Moyane, who showed him around and pointed out the severe damage of the roads which led to the death of two people late last year as ambulances could not access the area.

The DA in Ekurhuleni is, therefore, calling on the Department of Human Settlements and the Department of Roads and Stormwater in Ekurhuleni to urgently repair and upgrade the roads of Vusumuzi informal settlement.

“Families have had to take their sick loved ones in wheel-barrows over the damaged roads as far as the isiPhethweni Bridge, just so that the ambulances can reach them.“This is a gross violation of people’s human rights and the DA will not stand-by while the community lives without adequate access to basic health care due to the neglect of the ANC-led Ekurhuleni Metro,” said Thamahane.

He said in response, they will be formulating a petition demanding the immediate repair of the roads to be submitted to the Department of Human Settlements and the Department of Roads and Stormwater.

“We encourage people to support the petition and bring an end to the injustices inflicted upon the people of Vusumuzi.”

Jantji Ngwenyama

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