‘Owner of damaged vehicle can claim from us,’ says municipality

The car that ended up in the sinkhole on Sunday morning.
The car that ended up in the sinkhole on Sunday morning.

The Merafong City Local Municipality says that the owner of the car that was damaged when it plunged into a hole in kaolin Street last Sunday can claim from the Council’s insurance.
Last Sunday morning just after 11:00, residents started complaining that a sinkhole had caved in at the site where
municipal workers have previously worked on a broken pipe at the corner of Kaolin and Bornite Streets. Water was also streaming from the site.
Although the municipality had worked at the site earlier, it was only blocked off with cones and no clear indication
was given to motorists of the danger that lay ahead.
Within minutes after the problem first came to light a group of men plunged into the hole with their silver Toyota Corolla.
Residents contacted a councillor, Mr Carlos Rebelo, who immediately called the mayor, Ms Maphefo Mogale-Letsie,
who arranged with officials to have some workers go and repair the hole.
By Monday morning, the hole although looking much better, was still not level. Another councillor, Mr Ben van
den Berg, also pointed out that there were at least two large cracks spreading from the site of the original hole. Van den Berg says that he tried to contact the municipality in vain to get them to repair the hole properly.
“I am worried that this hole will get deeper and more of the road would fall in,” he complained.
He also pointed out another, possibly related, water leak in Radium Street on Monday.
Residents are also fed up with many other holes elsewhere in town that have not been properly repaired after the municipality worked there.

“The motorist whose vehicle was damaged can claim against Council’s insurance. If he has insurance he can claim against his insurance, who will in turn then claim against Council’s insurance. The claimant must come to Water Services Section in Kanaal Street, to submit the relevant documents for a claim,” a spokesperson for the municipality said when asked about the matter on Tuesday.
“Inspection of leaking lines were carried out. Some areas were left open to enable monitoring of the repairs effected
before closure. Most areas will be closed during this week,” the spokesperson promised when asked about the other
holes.

Some deep cracks can also still be seen in the road next to the sinkhole.

Mr Ben van den Berg points out that although the sinkhole was filled up, it is still not safe to drive over.

Some deep cracks can also still be seen in the road next to the sinkhole.

Some deep cracks can also still be seen in the road next to the sinkhole.

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