Construction mafia halting road construction in Cape Town

  • With only two weeks left in the current financial year, Cape Town’s Urban Mobility Directorate must report that due to extortionists up to R58,6 million expenditure is at risk on transport capital projects.
  • At least seven major projects have been halted due to safety concerns on site, ranging from the construction of new public transport infrastructure to road reconstruction and stormwater maintenance, primarily in our most vulnerable communities.

Unfortunately, the brazen attempts from these mafia-style extortionists are only intensifying. They are holding to ransom the City and our contractors, and ultimately, at the expense of service delivery to those who need these services most.

“It is completely and utterly unconscionable. I condemn in the strongest possible terms, the sophisticated extortionist syndicates alongside the opportunistic thugs who care nothing for the lives of the communities we are trying to serve, nor those of the hard-working teams attempting to complete these projects on the ground.We remain committed to delivering services. Secondly, I want to assure these criminals that the City and its contractors will not bow to their ludicrous attempts to syphon public capital into their own pockets.We naturally have targets for our capital expenditure, and it is disappointing to be forcibly prevented from meeting those targets, but we do not negotiate with extortionists and there is simply no Rand value for human life,” said the city’s mayoral committee member for urban mobility, councillor Rob Quintas.

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Projects that have recently been hamstrung or fully ground to a halt due to threats, intimidation, and tragically, outright murder on site, include the following:

  • Construction of new MyCiTi depots on the corner of Spine Road and Mew Way in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain.
  • Rehabilitation of Delft Main Road, from Stellenbosch Arterial to Silversands Road in Delft. 
  • Upgrading of various roads and associated works in Bishop Lavis.
  • Roads resealing and stormwater repairs project in Delft.
  • Roads rehabilitation project in Kalksteenfontein
  • Walter Sisulu / Lindela roundabout in Khayelitsha
  • Installation of traffic calming measures and footways, including sidewalk and embayment construction, in Brooklyn

The Urban Mobility Directorate prioritises the safety of all road users, and allocates funds for projects to improve mobility and access for pedestrians, public transport users, and motorists. Beyond that, we are committed to helping plug the gaping hole left where a functional passenger rail service used to be. We are also expanding the routes of the MyCiTi bus service to the metro-south east. This second phase of the MyCiTi bus service will provide a safe, scheduled, and reliable public transport option to tens of thousands of residents in Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain needing to commute to Claremont and Wynberg.

It is utterly dismaying to see the rampant and relentless criminal interference with projects that are designed to improve and protect the lives of ordinary, honest residents.

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