Load shedding snarls up Joburg and Pretoria traffic, rain adds to the pain

2019-02-12 11:25
Rain severely affects traffic flow. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

Rain severely affects traffic flow. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

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Load shedding implemented by Eskom as part of its power rationing programme resulted in traffic gridlock in Johannesburg and Pretoria on Tuesday morning.

"Load shedding had a negative impact on the traffic flow causing the traffic lights not to work," Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) Senior Superintendent Wayne Minnaar told News24.

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A similar situation was evident in the Pretoria CBD, where there was also load shedding.

The Mokgoro inquiry sitting in Centurion was delayed and Judge Fayeeza Kathree-Setiloane was also late for the hearing of the case of North West ANC chairperson Supra Mahumapelo in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria as a result of the traffic.

Minnaar said that the rainy weather in Johannesburg compounded the traffic snarl-ups and several officers were deployed to manage the traffic.

"Priority is given to the traffic and they [officers] work shifts. A lot of officers are deployed at intersections; they are taken off from specialised units," said Minnaar.

Heavy delays

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