Weather continues to terrorise SA

The EMPD reported serious hail damage to 17 of their cars.

Heavy rains flooded roads causing chaos in the Eastern Cape. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parts of the N2 highway in the Eastern Cape remained closed on Sunday as heavy rain continued to cause chaos.

A sand bridge in St Francis had also collapsed forcing the Kouga Municipality to build an interim pedestrian crossing.

The adverse weather has claimed at least eight lives in the last few days, while thousands have been relocated.

Disaster service's John Fobian said among the dead was a five-year-old boy.

"We have unfortunately have had seven fatalities."

The South African Weather Services said the heavy rainfall which has thus far wreaked havoc in some parts of the country is expected to continue in Gauteng, the Eastern and Western Cape until Sunday evening.

"We are still going to experience a 60 percent chance of thundershowers which could be any time during the day," forcaster Edwin Themba explained.

East of Johannesburg, the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) reported that 17 of their cars were damaged by Saturday's hail storm.

EMPD's Kobeli Mokheseng said the vehicles had been patrolling in Germiston, Primrose and Vosloorus.

"Police officers were patrolling Germiston and ran for cover following heavy rains and wind blowing uncontrollably.

"Front and rear windscreens of official vehicles were shattered, rooftops were damaged and five mirrors were cracked by hail."