The IFP has described as insensitive the argument reportedly advanced by
Ward 86 ANC Councillor Nzama that speed humps cannot be built on the South
Spinal Road because it is a Highway. The party said this after yesterday's
visit by party leaders to the "Road of Death" at Z Section Umlazi to
interact with community following last week's community protests which saw
the community burn tyres and block the road. Yesterday's delegation
consisted of IFP MPL Joshua Mazibuko, Cllr Mdu Nkosi, Cllr Ntombifuthi
Gumede and Cllr Molly Mngadi.
In a statement he issued after the visit, Mazibuko said: "The IFP was
greatly disturbed to learn from some community members and some reporters
that community demands for speed humps to curb speeding vehicles which have
caused unnecessary deaths, have been rejected by the local ANC Councillor
Nzama who argued that speed humps cannot be built because that road is a
Highway. That argument displays insensitivity of the worst order as it
suggests that people must continue to die, just because someone or some
institution decided that the road is a highway.
"All laws and regulations are man-made and are meant to serve the citizens;
and they are not cast in stone. If a particular law or regulation does not
contribute to making people's lives better or safe it must either be amended
or scrapped. Secondly, it is not wise to argue that a road which passes
through such a densely populated area is designed as a highway where
vehicles can speed as though they are out of town.
"We demand that as a matter of urgency, speed humps must be built there
while other issues relating to making all road users safe are explored."