THUGS would wait for pedestrians on the bridge and rob them.

If they refused the thugs would threaten to push them off the bridge.

Ekurhuleni Municipality heard frustrated residents’ cries and fixed the bridge.

A railing was installed on the sides to prevent people from falling.

But the bridge over Vereeniging Road has been stripped by thugs.

“It’s back to square one. People who walk there do it at their own risk,” said angry residents of Empilisweni squatter camp in Thokoza.

Said resident Joel Ndamase: “We’re helpless because the people who’re doing this seem not to care. All they want is money.

“They removed all the metal and railing to sell it. They don’t care about people who use the bridge.”

Daily Sun published a story about the bridge in 2016.

Residents had said they were worried that people would go back to crossing the railway line as the bridge was bare.

They had felt the bridge was more dangerous.

In 2016, Daily Sun ran another story about two women who were killed by a train while crossing the railway line.

The blind gogo and her daughter were coming from a doctor when the accident happened.

Ekurhuleni municipal spokesman Themba Gadebe said it was worrying that people continued to destroy public property.