Theft of power cables has been blamed for the non-functional traffic lights in Wonderboompoort.
North residents this week complained about heavy traffic congestion in Paul Kruger Street in Die Poort, on the Moot, west and Pretoria North border.
“It is frustrating, to say the least,” said resident Bets Botha on Tuesday.
“This road has always been a headache because of the A Re Yeng constructions, but now it’s even worse with the non-functional traffic lights causing congestion for the past two weeks.”
DA councillor Hannes Coetzee said cable theft was the cause of the power outage in the area.
“The theft was reported almost two weeks ago but the cable has not yet been replaced,” Coetzee said.
“I’ve driven through Die Poort myself and can say it is indeed a dilemma.”
Coetzee said although the metro traffic officers helped direct the traffic during peak hours, the roads from and into Pretoria North were still heavily congested.
“I’ve reported the problem again this week for urgent attention,” said Coetzee.
“I’ve also requested that the streetlights in the area be repaired and roads repainted to ensure visibility for our motorists’ safety.”
Coetzee said he had recently discussed his concern about cable theft with Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga.
“I had made the suggestion that copper be declared a precious metal – same as gold, which means that traders would have to be registered to buy and sell it,” said Coetzee.
“The only way of stop or at least hinder copper thieves is by ensuring that they would not easily be able to sell stolen cables.”
The metro was yet to comment at the time of going to print.
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