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#EasterWeekend: Traffic on major routes moving on a snail pace

Authorities are pleading with motorists on routes leading to routes leading to JHB and CT to be patient.

Traffic was backed up due to an accident where nine people were burnt beyond recognition. Picture: Twitter @EWNTraffic.
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CAPE TOWN - Congestion on major routes leading to Johannesburg and Cape Town have slowed the progress of homeward-bound travellers to a sluggish snail’s pace.

Authorities are pleading with motorists to be patient, despite the delays.

The highest volumes in Gauteng have been recorded on the N1 from Polokwane where 2,600 cars are travelling through toll plazas per hour.

Traffic spokesperson Obed Sibasa said, “Traffic is bumper-to-bumper to an extent where we are experiencing manor accidents due to some drivers being impatient. However, there is no serious accident we are aware of.”

At the same time, Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says three people have been injured following a head-on collision on the N1 near Stellenbosch.

“Four of the occupants were flown out of the vehicle and luckily there were no fatalities. Only three of the occupants were seriously injured and were taken to a nearby hospital.”

Another motorist died in an accident near Hermanus earlier this afternoon.

Tomorrow the national transport department will confirm the number of accident-related fatalities recorded this past weekend.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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