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Update: Minister of Transport says forensic investigation into N3 pedestrian bridge collapse will be conducted

MEC Ismail Vadi (left), Minister Joe Maswanganyi (centre) and SANRAL CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma at the scene of the pedestrian bridge collapse, on Thursday morning.

The Minister of Transport, Joe Maswanganyi, visited the site on the N3, on Thursday morning, where an unused pedestrian bridge collapsed in the early hours of August 9.

The incident resulted in a full closure of the N3 north and southbound between the M2 Geldenhuys and N3 Gillooly’s interchanges.

He said government was relieved that no fatalities had occurred.

“We are, however, saddened that five people were injured, three seriously with one in a critical condition.

“On behalf of government, we wish those who were injured a speedy recovery.

“Through our agencies, we shall reach out to them to offer the necessary assistance,” said Minister Maswanganyi.

A forensic investigation to determine the cause of the collapse is underway.

 

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The Minister appealed that the investigation should be allowed to take place and discouraged any uninformed speculation as to the cause of the bridge collapse.

Following a briefing Minister Maswanganyi received from SANRAL, the Ekurhuleni Metro and officials from the Gauteng Provincial Government and assurances about the safety of the road, he declared the road open.

“I commend SANRAL for the work it has done in clearing the debris in as short a period of time as possible.

“This has ensured that we minimise the disruption of traffic flow on a route with an average daily traffic volume of 200 000 vehicles.

“Delays in opening the road would have greatly inconvenienced thousands of motorists and delayed the movement of freight on what is one of our busiest roads in Gauteng,” said Minister Maswanganyi.

Minister Maswanganyi also commended all officials from the three spheres of government for the cooperation they displayed from the time the incident was reported and during the rescue and clearing operations.

“Their display of cooperative governance was admirable,” he said.

 

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