Municipality begin fence installation after M4 attack

Municipal workers begin the installation of a 2.4 metres fence near the Ellis Brown Viaduct tower where there have been a number of attacks recently.
Municipal workers begin the installation of a 2.4 metres fence near the Ellis Brown Viaduct tower where there have been a number of attacks recently.

DURBAN North ward councillor, Shaun Ryley has praised the efforts of the City after they began installation of a fence next to the walkway at the Ellis Brown Viaduct tower on the M4. A cyclist was recently attacked in the vicinity by two men who dragged her down the stairs of the tower. The cyclist was saved by Rinaldo Road businessman, Andy Craig, who chased the attackers away and called for medical assistance.

Since 2015, there have been a number of armed muggings on the walkway (going towards Riverside Road) targeting runners, cyclists and pedestrians a fact the resident said she was aware of.

The wire-mesh fence, topped with barbed wire, will be situated behind the wooden bollards and will run from the tower all the way to the entrance road of the Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve.

“The fence will be 2.4 metres high and will have barbed wire across the top of the fence. I’m glad the City has taken action but I would like to see clear view fencing installed like the one around Virginia Beach. A positive step is that this fence will create a barrier between cyclists, runners and pedestrians and any possible attackers. The fence will run all the way towards the Beachwood Mangroves entrance which is great,” he said.

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