Heavy rain, hail lashes Gauteng

At least two people were rescued in Johannesburg following heavy rain and hail.

Heavy rains in Midrand on Thursday 6 September 2012. Picture: iWitness

JOHANNESBURG - Reports of flooding in low-lying areas in and around Johannesburg were received on Thursday as heavy rain and hail lashed Gauteng.

Earlier, the South African Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the province.

In Soweto, two motorists had to be rescued after their cars were washed away by floods.

The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) spokesperson Edna Mamonyane said the first vehicle was swept away on the corner of Moroka and Ncube Drive.

"He [the motorist] struggled to get out [of the car] and he almost drowned."

In northern Johannesburg, Mamonyane said a man was rescued at the Rivonia and Witkoppen intersection in Sunninghill.

Motorists said roads collapsed near Zoo Lake.

One driver said she saw a car disappear before her eyes.

"A BMW was literally submerged under water. It looks like a road collapsed and there was a lot of water."

At least 30 traffic lights at intersections in Johannesburg were not working, causing traffic chaos.