Tree 'speed hump' causes chaos
Author: Lynn Erasmus
Port Elizabeth - An enormous tree in the middle of Trevor Street, Lorraine, had many motorists up in arms on Wednesday morning.
The tree was left in the middle of the road in the early hours of Wednesday morning, with the words "Speed bumps please!" written on the road.
Who the culprit was remains a mystery.
The tree lay in front of Braam du Plooy's house, who told of how motorists yelled and screamed at him on Wednesday morning.
"I don't know who did it, but it wasn't me.
"Last night (Tuesday night) at about 01:00 I heard the screech of a car's tyres. When I went outside, I saw that a car had crashed into the tree."
According to Du Plooy, the car drove away.
His neighbour, Dean Sale, who has lived in Trevor Street for 33 years, is tired of begging and pleading for a speed hump.
"Even if you know who put the tree there, you aren't going to say anything. We're sick and tired of the wild racing in the middle of the night.
"I've also had a few chickens trampled here."
According to DA council member, Gustav Rautenbach, this is the second time that this road has been barricaded by tree stumps.
"It happened on Monday as well. I understand their frustrations, but it's illegal to do it this way."
Democratic platforms for issues
Kupido Baron, spokesperson for the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, said on Wednesday that nobody has the right to block a public road.
He also asked that the public come forward if they have any information.
"The metro won't take note of senseless attempts to focus attention on a particular issue.
"There are various democratic platforms to bring issues such as the building of speed bumps to the attention of the local authority."