Cars go off-road to miss potholes

Weekend Post reported potholes across Nelson Mandela Bay, with some being fixed while others received no attention. Ahlumile Mabetha, 8, and her father Xhanti, 45, show the worst section of Tyinira Street, Motherwell, where cars drive next to the road to avoid multiple potholes  Picture: Riaan Marais
Weekend Post reported potholes across Nelson Mandela Bay, with some being fixed while others received no attention. Ahlumile Mabetha, 8, and her father Xhanti, 45, show the worst section of Tyinira Street, Motherwell, where cars drive next to the road to avoid multiple potholes
Picture: Riaan Marais

Motorists driving down Tyinira Street in Motherwell slow to a crawl and suddenly swerve off the road. They prefer driving on the dirt alongside because the road is filled with massive potholes. Pools of stagnant water fill most of the holes that now make up Tyinira Street.

Taxi driver Sinethemba Peter, 31, uses the street every day.

Swerving to avoid the potholes has become second nature to him.

“A few weeks ago I hit these potholes all the time, but now I’m used to them. But they are getting bigger . . . so I have to drive next to the road,” he said.
He said his passengers called him a bad driver, but he just shrugged it off.

“If you had to drive between these potholes, you would also look like a sh*t driver,” he said.

But the pavement next to the road has also been damaged by vehicles.

This has annoyed the people living along Tyinira Street.

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