- A municipality based in the Eastern Cape took pride as it unveiled a recently built bridge
- The bridge is intended to connect communities, but it had a polarising effect on social media
- South Africans became suspicious when news emerged that the modest bridge allegedly cost R3.7 million to build
The Matatiele Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape recently undertook a sizeable project and took pride in its completion.
The Nomgavu bridge was recently unveiled with the purpose of connecting communities from the Myemaneni and Nomgavu villages.
However, when news of the bridge's completion surfaced via social media, it did more harm than good.
Twitter user Man’s NOT Barry Roux (@AdvoBarryRoux) shared news and photos of the unveiling on Wednesday and the cost involved became the major talking point.
The relatively modest bridge is alleged to have cost in the region of R3.7 million and left many in disbelief.
Briefly.co.za gathered the municipality to be aware of the public uproar and invited the media to a meeting on Friday to discuss the cost breakdown.
At this stage, the exact cost of construction is yet to be verified.
However, social media users needed no other invitation to share their disdain for the state of affairs.
Mohau Doux (@mohaum123) shared a harsh message:
"Some people must be arrested..this BEE thing is not working...we need to go back to public works owning the contracts and owning employees."
Mz (@MuzMocker) said,
"I do not feel sorry for our people. The counsellor must eat even more after they vote for him again next year."
Twitter user (@SandaCalu) added,
"I first glanced at the pic and read the statement and thought wow Advovo is feeling positive today. The second I saw 3m I went back to the picks, boy oh boy where are we going in this country."
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