Mozambique border traffic backed up 6km

2012-12-23 14:29

Johannesburg - Traffic was backed up on Sunday near the Lebombo border leading into Mozambique, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said.

"Our concern is the back up on the N4 near the Lebombo border. Traffic is reported to be about 6km backed up," said RTMC spokesperson Ashref Ismail

He urged motorists to be patient when travelling towards the border or to use alternative routes.

Ismail said traffic volumes on freeways had decreased by Sunday morning.

"Traffic volume peak is 950 vehicles per hour on the N1 towards Polokwane, 800 vehicles per hour on the N3 and between 500 and 600 vehicles on the N4 direction east."

He also warned that drivers would be arrested on the spot should they driver 30km/h over the regulated speed.

"Motorists will be arrested for speeds exceeding [the limit by] 30km/h. There is no fine. It is an immediate arrest."

He said no major accidents were reported in the past 24 hours.

"We hope it remains like that."

SABC News reported on Sunday that a woman gave birth to twins at the Beit Bridge border post to Zimbabwe.

She was assisted by paramedics and border officials.

The public broadcaster also reported that some people had collapsed due to heat for standing on long queue at the border.

Long queues have formed at border posts as many people return home for the Christmas holidays.

  • Gorden Norman - 2012-12-23 14:41

    What's new it happens every April and December and most other long weekends

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-23 15:20

      And always on the SA side of the border!!!!

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-24 08:04

      Yes, always the South African side and please do try and get them open after hours for an emergency. Funny how the other countries are accommodating and helpful but the South Africans.... you just wasting your time. I always smile when they come with their shades and look at your equipment. Trying to look all cool and professional then they make like they know what they are looking at. Then again other countries hardly look if they look at all. Some border control is better the nothing at all I guess.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-23 14:43

    Enjoy your Chritmas dinner at Lebombo.

  • gary.desousa.5 - 2012-12-23 15:00

    And every year we are told, its improved, lots of personel will be there but nothing is actually done till too late, the attitude is so racist.

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-23 15:09

    it gets so busy to a point were the drug lords traffic their drugs easily......during this season...

  • Modikoe.Elias.Ramongana - 2012-12-23 15:15

    All those ppl are staying in mzansi?it means ppl who are born in SA are less than 25million,then rest are magirikamba(foraigners).Our government shoul do something otherwise corruption will be the middle name of the country.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-23 20:24

      Corruption is already the middle name of our country. That is why our Corrupt in Chief is none other than President Zuma

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-24 10:04

      No so Modikoe. Less and less South Africans feel safe holidaying in South Africa. Other African countries are cleaner, safer and cheaper then South Africa. Water is also cleaner and does not smell like South African coastal waters. In South Africa a list of the natural beauty has been destroyed, butchered or poached to extinction especially the coast. The point is to relax when on holiday and sorry to say but mostly you can't in South Africa anymore. Except for the Western Cape I myself haven't vacationed in South Africa since 2004 except for once in the beginning of the year when a friend convinced me to go to the Kruger. Won't go there again and my friend agrees. More and more South African are discovering "better" holiday destinations north.

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-12-23 15:22

    GOOD start single ticket no return pls we need a space to breath.beit birdge next

  • ancbasher - 2012-12-23 15:48

    He also warned that drivers would be arrested on the spot should they driver 30km/h over the regulated speed. Is this English?

      ontlhabanetsesteve.baepile - 2012-12-23 16:07

      Means 120-150 and over.

      kirsten.bodner - 2012-12-23 22:03

      Onti, you don't catch the drift either!

  • mart.botha - 2012-12-23 15:48

    South Africans going ' home ' for Christmas. I predict an increase in gun related crime after they come ' home ' from the break.

  • themba.nsele.71 - 2012-12-25 19:36

    It has been proven that this is their chance of drugiing africa from their corruct nakhulu bass in the country who operates at the back of the plots.

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