The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) says it has had to install stop signs at various intersections on Malibongiwe Drive due to the vandalism and theft of traffic lights.
The 702 Breakfast team received complaints about traffic lights being removed.
JRA spokesperson Bertha Scheepers says the agency has spoken to the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport.
She says the cost of replacing the traffic lights will cost up to R400 000.
It is really a war of sabotage on our roads that we are facing.— Bertha Scheepers, JRA spokesperson
They rip up the cable and then they burn it so that the copper is remaining so that they can resell the copper. They will then sell the poles and anything else that can be sold as scrap metal.— Bertha Scheepers, JRA spokesperson
She says they have requested traffic officials at some of the intersections.
We will put up a temporary stop sign at these intersections to manage traffic. Of course we also are requesting points duty there during peak hours, but the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport will need to decide whether they want to configure these into a traffic circle, or whatever other plan they will come up with in collaboration with the JRA as a long term solution.— Bertha Scheepers, JRA spokesperson
Scheepers says these are the intersections affected:
North and South on ramp on to the N14 Malibongwe drive R512 and R114 near the Lion Park
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