May 29, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Technicians fixing flood-damaged roads robbed of state vehicle outside Umlazi

Technicians repairing a road washed away during recent floods were robbed from a provincial transport authority vehicle outside Umlazi on Wednesday.

MEC Peggy Nkonyeni for Transport, Security and Liaison Work said officers were held at gunpoint at a Shell workshop in KwaMuthwa outside Umlazi, south of Durban.

The suspects fled in the white Ford Ranger double cab bakkie.

The technicians had traveled from a site to repair the L1159 in Umbumbulu.

“A case of carjacking has been opened and is being investigated by the police. The department is appealing to anyone with information to share it with the police in order to recover the vehicle,” Nkonyeni said.

The teams worked hard and collaborated with other government sectors on the recovery and reconstruction plan together to rebuild KwaZulu-Natal.

Staff from other parts of the province had been seconded to help in flood-ravaged districts, including eThekwini Metro, Ugu, Ilembe and King Cetshwayo districts.< /p>

The department has 1,369 road infrastructure projects affected by the floods and needed around R6.3 billion to repair the damage.

“Our teams are doing everything we can to take care of to take care of all projects affected by the floods, only to be traumatized by criminals. This undermines the government-led recovery and recovery plan. We strongly condemn this criminal act and must be severely punished. Government officials and equipment are public resources and serve the community.”

“What kind of society would attack and harm the support intended to restore projects that affect their livelihoods? We appeal to the police to find the perpetrators urgently. Communities should also protect state employees and state equipment,” Nkonyeni said.

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