Pothole victims drawing the short straw

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It has transpired that claims from motorists whose vehicles have been damaged by potholes to the value of a mere R567 381 have been paid out by the Department of Transport – although R4 048 599 was claimed in the past three years.

This means that only about one in every eight claims was settled. According to Neil Campbell, the Member of the Provincial Legislature and DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Roads and Transport, who posed the question to Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC, Ismail Vadi, claims amounting to R2 501 164 have been repudiated by the Department.

“Unfortunately, in total, and independent of time, there are 322 cases before the courts with a total claim value of R7 322 952.

While taxpayers’ money must be protected from the few who fraudulently claim for road damages, the vast majority of claims are brought by people who have genuine ground for damage claims,” said Campbell.

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“In Gauteng, it is common for all but the most obviously indefensible claims to be repudiated. This costs the Department, and the taxpayer, even more in legal fees when the claims are referred to litigation. This is often a deterrent to honest claimants who have small claims for things such as tyres cut by a pothole, because prosecuting a claim requires time off work and the financial resources to engage a lawyer,” he concluded.

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Riaan van Zyl

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