Firefighters fight potholes

Kabelo Tlhabanelo

Three Free State firefighters have decided to do something about a pothole on the N8 near Botshabelo that’s been wrecking cars.

The firefighters – Lawrence Mosala, Clinton Lemmetjies and Jonathan Boucher – raised R250 between them to buy cement to close the dangerous pothole.

Mosala told Scrolla.Africa: “That problem is sorted, now we’ll go after other potholes to fix.”

Local motorists are delighted.

Motorist Lebogang Tlotleng from Botshabelo said the same pothole damaged two of the rims on his Opel Astra. 

“I was coming from a funeral during the evening over the weekend when I saw cars with their hazards on,” he said. 

“I didn’t know what was happening so I didn’t slow down and hit the pothole. That’s when I saw other drivers next to the road changing tyres. Another car hit the pothole while I was busy. There were about six of us changing tyres.”

Bongani Ngono from Selosesha, ThabaNchu said the pothole left his Peugeot 207 with a damaged wheel last Wednesday. 

Taxi driver Mosimane Lephoi thanked the firefighters for their help.

“Only those who are familiar with the road can avoid it,” he said. 

“What those guys did needs to be applauded. They are real life savers. I wish them success in their work and hope they get promoted because that’s what they deserve.”