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Colita bridge still not safe to use

The Colita bridge still appears to be structurally unsafe.

Last Monday learners from Estcourt Primary School were left stranded after the bridge in Capricorn Road in Colita gave in due to severe weather conditions.

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The bridge, which is used by learners, educators and workers, was blocked by water, mud, litter and pieces of what once was bridge material.

The next morning the Department of Transport, Community Services and technical departments removed the garbage at the bridge. Since the collapse, Shisalanga staff armed with reflector jackets came on board to assist the learners crossing the bridge.

SEE THIS: PREVIEW: Severe storm rips Colita bridge apart

The bridge currently has no railings and poses an even bigger danger to all who use that route daily. The school has grown concerned as there are still learners who have not returned to school since the collapse of the bridge.

The area beneath the bridge which collapsed is colourfully decorated with dumped materials that have collected over time.

Ward 10 Councillor Edith Lite reported last Friday that Community Services staff were still on site removing mud and cleaning up. UThukela District Municipality also intervened with clearing the affected pipes.

RELATED: WATCH: Current state of the Colita Bridge

A submission was made to the Community Safety Department as well as the Education Department to step in and assist in fixing the bridge

“Everything is damaged and it is still not safe for children to use this bridge as there are no railings,” said Councillor Lite.

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