Easter traffic volumes pick up
Johannesburg - Traffic was congested but
flowing slowly on one of South Africa's busiest Easter routes, between Limpopo
and Gauteng, on Monday, Limpopo's traffic department said.
The annual Easter celebration at Moria in
Limpopo, which sees thousands travel to the area every year, has finished with
Zionist pilgrims making their way home, spokesperson Joshua Kwapa said.
"The MEC for Roads and Traffic, Pitsi
Moloto, is in a chopper moving along the most congested roads," he said.
The worst affected routes were the N1 South
and the R101 between Polokwane and Pretoria.
"Traffic is mostly made up of buses and
small cars and is moving very slowly, which is making speeding
impossible," he said.
The Tshwane metro police confirmed that
traffic volumes through Pretoria were increasing as the day wore on.
Spokesperson Console Tleane said police were
stationed on all major routes and were monitoring entry points into the city.
Traffic coming into the city on the N4 from
Mpumalanga was also very heavy.
"These are workers coming home from
Mozambique and holiday-makers making their way back to Gauteng," he said.
"We appeal to motorists to observe the
speed limit," he said.
Also critical is the need for rest as many
would have already travelled long distances by the time they reach Tshwane.
In the Eastern Cape, 19 drunk drivers were
arrested in the Butterworth area over the weekend, Captain Jackson Manatha
More arrests were expected and police and
traffic police would be out in force.
"The heavy police presence means there
were no reported serious accidents in the Butterworth district," he said.
Meanwhile, Netcare911 paramedics were on
standby across the country as high traffic volumes were expected.
Spokesman Jeffrey Wicks said medics and
additional emergency resources were deployed to strategic locations along major
routes to deal with accidents or other medical emergencies.
Since Friday Netcare911 paramedics attended
to 251 motor accidents and 32 pedestrian-linked accidents.
"While the lion's share of these
accidents have been minor, several were fatal," Wicks said,
"As holiday-makers take to the roads
again to return home we urge them to be careful."