UPDATE: War over Centurion sinkhole continues

Tshwane metro this week acknowledged it has been served with legal papers in connection with the sinkhole in Centurion.

“Since a court application has been instituted, the matter is now pending before the court,” said metro spokesperson Lindela Mashiga.

The sinkhole in regards at the Jean Avenue and Gerhard Street intersection was discovered by contractors in May last year.

It forced thousands of motorists to use alternative routes.

Local businesses in the vicinity have suffered a large drop in income as customers now avoid the area altogether.


The remaining businesses now believe the metro is acting with gross negligence and without any regard for the welfare, safety and interests of its citizens.

They claim there’s an extreme lack of urgency in fixing the intersection.

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These business owners said in a statement the local economy and employees who make a livelihood by the businesses in the area are suffering, which is why they mandated Jacques Classen attorneys to pressure the metro into speeding up repairs to the sinkhole.

The firm thus lodged an application to this effect to the High Court in Pretoria.

The application demands answers from municipal manager Moeketsie Motsola on reasons for the delays in repairing the sinkhole.

The application also wants the metro to reveal which contractor will be appointed to fix the sinkhole.

The metro announced in November last year that a contractor would be appointed, for repairs to begin in January 2018.


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