Frustration at congested Limpopo plaza

2012-05-01 11:47

Polokwane - Frustration was growing among motorists at the Capricorn toll plaza in Limpopo on Tuesday as only two out of eight lanes were open to serve travellers returning on the busy N1 highway from the long weekend.

Motorists fought over lanes, with some trying to get ahead by pushing forward on the shoulder.

Traffic stretched for about 2km towards Makhado [Louis Trichaardt] with only one police officer present to control fraying tempers.

Motorists heading north were the most frustrated as those travelling south tried to go through the closed north-bound toll gates, thereby blocking them.

Toll gate employees said were not allowed to comment and comment from the SA National Roads Agency Limited was not immediately available.

The transport department in the province said it would comment on the situation later.

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  • Bertus - 2012-05-01 11:58

    SANRAL and Limpopo #thatisall

      Gregory - 2012-05-01 12:19

      Correct. It shows us the depth of the scam with it's roots in the most corrupt province in SA.

      Ettienne - 2012-05-01 14:16

      The attempt by SANRAL to once again try and bully the motorist by showing us how important it is. With only one police officer in the vicinity, I would dare to remove the boom/s and just let everyone through. About time us motorists start the same kind of action as which the majority have shown in the protests. Damn pity government is involved in this kind of unruly behaviour. Afterall, look what happened when SANRAL were the respondent in the case against the urgent interdict and then at the last minute, the dept of Treasury were allowed to become the 7th respondent and then they still lost the case. Whoever within the dept of treasury made this decision to become the 7th respondent, should be fired and monies collected from them seeing us poor taxpayers are fitting the bills.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-01 19:04

      SCAMRAL showing utter disrespect for the public of South Africa.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-01 12:03

    If I were that one police officer, I would just open all the booms and let the people go. It is their road, after all.

  • George - 2012-05-01 12:07

    The police are authorized to remove any unreasonable road obstruction. Open the gates. Without knowing the facts it looks like SCAMRAL may be incapable of honest money collection. Its the corrupt way or no way?

  • George - 2012-05-01 12:10

    Response from SCAMRAL to the court case?

  • Shirley - 2012-05-01 12:17

    Another Scamrail shambles!!!! Once again showing their great ability to do a deplorable job!

  • Gregory - 2012-05-01 12:17

    The arrogance of these thieves is beyond comprehension .

  • Zip - 2012-05-01 12:23

    south africa used to be a great motoring country until the spineless Nationalists gave the country to a bunch of robbers.

      Brandon - 2012-05-01 13:07

      @zip. You are a prick. How dare you turn this into a race matter. You need a sympathetic pat on the head....with an 8 pound hammer!

      Stewart - 2012-05-01 14:12

      That's what its about.

      sunette.bridges.9 - 2012-05-01 15:48

      Funny how Brandon and Janine thought the word "Robbers" was synonymous to "Black"... lol So it wasn't Zip that turned this into a "Race matter"... But the 2 of you!

      Luvo - 2012-05-01 16:01

      @Zip & your fellow thumbs-up wankers - Did you honestly think that the Nats gave up the country out of their own freewill?? Anyway the topic was all about the frustration of SANRAL having caused a bottleneck. This is the same thing they do at banks at month-end, they open up only a couple of tills leaving everyone swearing in the queue for the slow service. Nothing racially related there....

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-01 12:24

    Seems it's quite easy to jus PoP in a toll gate here and there and charge stupid amounts. Cost me over a 100 Bob to get to Nelspruit from Joburg, and a couple years ago it was toll free. Nothing new has been done to the road, i still got stuck behind trucks doing 20km. Seems the cANCer will find any means possible to bleed this countries citizens dry for their own gain.

  • Rob - 2012-05-01 12:27

    Wont be long before the guns & knives are drawn !

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-01 12:28

    We don't want comments from Scamral or the dept of transport, we want action. What chop decides a major route can operate at 25% capacity on a long week-end? Get those gates open now.

  • Antionette - 2012-05-01 12:30

    The audacity of some drivers?!? And the stupidity of SANRAL to only put 2 staff members on duty - use your brains, most people made this a long weekend and that is one of our busiest highways.

  • braamc - 2012-05-01 12:36

    BEE, good for nothing! Bunch of useless rubbish

      Luvo - 2012-05-01 16:05

      Go get your biscuits and chase the cat ouma, yo obviously are commenting on the wrong topic. For the bloody last time, the topic is about the highway operation at 20% capacity, jeeeeez!!!

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-05-01 12:39

    I have just passed the toll and the convoy is more than 600 m long. It's really frustrating.

  • FinalJustice - 2012-05-01 12:40

    'Only one policeman on duty to control the situation' ... Tie him down and OPEN THE GATES. Screw you Scamral!

  • Piet - 2012-05-01 13:02

    There must be a couple of 4x4's.. Remove numberplates and pull the booms down.....

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-01 13:10

    In other countries I have visited, all roadworks are done strictly between 23h00 and 04h00, and one small stretch at a time. They don't take weeks to do one small job, minimizing losses, theft from sites, and causing minimal inconvenience to the people who use the roads.

  • george.pito - 2012-05-01 13:20

    If you ask me it is a deliberate act from Scamral. For the sake of safety I think the gates must be opened as Scamral cannot honour service levels.

  • Hermann - 2012-05-01 13:21

    18 years later it is still welcome to the new inexperienced South Africa. Kudos to ANC governance, pity the majority vote on colour and not on effectiveness. But then black is beautiful and black is right and when you call me a racist, which I am not, ask yourself who is the cause of the service delivery demonstrations, disruptions and destruction - a whity like me? OH N24 feel free to delete my comments, you have done so in the past and you will do so in the future. And oh, you can't remove it from Facebook - get real please.

      Hermann - 2012-05-01 17:57

      Thanks scnzama I expected this kind of trash.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-01 13:22

    It is a race matter those poor motorists have to race home to unpack from a lovely holiday which must end frustratingly because of bad decisions made by who.

  • Rob - 2012-05-01 13:44

    DIMPOPO Again !

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-01 13:46

    "The transport department in the province said it would comment on the situation later". Don't these people know it is a holiday and we are enjoying our celebratory feast? They must wait at those gates. We will attend to this tomorrow. Maybe.

  • Stewart - 2012-05-01 14:06

    All toll roads should be scrapped as well as sanral disbanded. Effers

  • Cecile - 2012-05-01 15:57

    Pure manipulation of the toll system!!

  • melt.olckers - 2012-05-01 16:07

    It is payback for losing the court case. SANRAL want's to punish the road users.

  • Evelyn - 2012-05-01 16:26

    It seems the congestion is going to be the everyday thing when there is a holiday or long weekends. Is frustrating really esp for those travelling to the North.

  • Ricky Naidoo - 2012-05-01 16:31

    Joys of living in SA. Scamral and it's cronies need to catch a wake up.

  • Trixie - 2012-05-01 16:57

    welcome to my world. happens at bakwena and e-tag lanes are closed, so tag holders have to queue, along with everyone else.

  • Nigel - 2012-05-01 17:34

    the transport department was on holiday

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