President causes traffic chaos

2016-05-18 06:00
TRAFFIC built up because of the temporary closure of the N8 towards Thaba Nchu due to President Jacob Zuma's entourage. Photo: Selloane Khalane

TRAFFIC built up because of the temporary closure of the N8 towards Thaba Nchu due to President Jacob Zuma's entourage. Photo: Selloane Khalane

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TRAFFIC came to a standstill on the N8 on Saturday morning (14/05) after traffic officers had blocked the road for an hour so that President Jacob Zuma’s entourage could travel to the launch of the Free State ANC manifesto in Botshabelo.

The provincial launch was held at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium in Botshabelo during the weekend.

Some frustrated road users returned to Bloemfontein after having had to wait for almost an hour in the queue.

Traffic officers blocked the road 10 km outside Bloemfontein, causing a major traffic jam on the N8 between 11:00 and 12:00. Drivers commuting to the Bram Fischer International Airport in Bloemfontein were also stuck in the traffic with many saying they would be late for their flights.

Traffic was littered with buses and taxis shuttling ANC supporters to the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium.

Motorists, some from as far as Ficksburg, said to block traffic for an hour was a major inconvenience for those travelling to far destinations. Free State Police, Roads and Transport spokesperson, Hilary Mophethe, referred the media to the Office of the Premier and said the matter was a protocol issue. Mophethe said the Office of the Premier had been facilitating Zuma’s transportation to the stadium and was therefore in a better position to comment on the matter. The spokesperson of the Office of the Premier, Tiisetso Makhele, said he would look into the matter.

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