- Residents of Legwete Street in Khutsong have been waiting on the government to fix potholes for 30 years to no avail
- The turning point was when an undertaker couldn’t access the road due to the terrible state it was in
- The gogos in the street came together to repair the road with the help of children in the area
Travelling in and out of Legwete Street in Khutsong has proven to be a battle for the residents in the area.
For 30 years, they’ve had to endure roads with potholes and puddles with no reparation work in sight.
Beauty Sefuba, a 61-year-old pensioner, says, “Every election year they come and sell us dreams.”
Another gogo, Caroline Nampa, explained that they’ve been waiting on the municipality as the residents live in poverty and lack the resources to do it themselves.
The Daily Sun reported that the turning point came at a funeral that took place in the area.
The undertaker couldn’t journey down the road due to its terrible condition and the coffin had to be carried through the potholes.
The elderly ladies then decided that enough was enough and walked door-to-door to canvass for assistance.
The inspirational gogos hired 3 young boys to start with the repair work and they pay them R100 per day.
Briefly.co.za understands that concrete waste is gathered from construction sites then crushed and used to fill the potholes.
Down the line, the gogos hope to buy a concrete mixer to have the road paved.
Bridget Mkhontwana, a spokesperson for Merafong Municipality, discouraged DIY projects on public roads.
According to Mkhontwana, the municipality will commence with repair work in Khutsong from next week.
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