Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
3 Jan 2022
6:07 pm

eMalahleni mayor just the latest victim of notorious pothole-riddled road

Sipho Mabena

The pothole-riddled road is prone to head-on collisions but very little has been done to improve its condition.

A general view of a road with potholes in Matzikama, South Africa. Picture: Gallo Images/Rapport/Edrea du Toit

The condition of one of Mpumalanga’s most notorious roads, the R544, has come under the spotlight once again, after the eMalahleni mayor, her husband, and the lone occupant of a second vehicle were killed in a horrific crash this weekend. Mayor Linah Malatjie and her husband Esau Malatjie were travelling on the road between Gemsbokspruit and Verena when their SUV collided with a double cab bakkie around 21:30 on Sunday evening. Pothole-riddled death-trap The road is prone to head-on collisions, particularly at night. This has been continuously blamed on potholes but very little has been done to improve its...