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RTMC: Officials on high alert

Thato Mosena says officials will be on the lookout for high traffic volumes along SA's borders.

The RTMC says officials are on high alert across all the country's national routes. Picture: Jacob Moshokoa/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says officials are on high alert across all the country's national routes.

Traffic officials say they'll take strict action against all those who contravene traffic laws.

The RTMC's Thato Mosena says officials will be on the lookout for high traffic volumes along South Africa's borders.

"We're experiencing heavy traffic on the Limpopo, Mozambique, Beitbridge and Zimbabwe border posts."

The N1 leading to the Limpopo Province will also be heavily monitored as thousands of Zion Christian Church members head to Moria for their Easter pilgrimage.

Bus operator Putco says it expects to transport over 50,000 members from Gauteng alone.

Putco's Tshepo Tsotsotso says the company will be strict on enforcing safety measures.

"We'll be sponsoring the team of law enforcement officials who will be monitoring and regulating buses on the N1 and all our buses are being pre-tested."

Furthermore, Western Cape traffic officials have once again warned motorists to obey the rules of the road this Easter weekend.

Authorities launched an Easter road safety programme yesterday.

Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa said, "We will have a no nonsense approach with regards to drunken driving, pedestrians on the roads and overtaking when it's not safe to do so."

PETERS WARNS MOTORISTS

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has warned motorists her department will have no mercy when dealing with those who don't abide by road rules.

She says the Easter weekend is always the most challenging for government with more drivers, pedestrians and passengers dying on the roads.

Statistics released by the department show that road deaths over the Easter weekend have increased, with 241 deaths reported last year, an increase from 217 from 2012.

Peters said her department wants to reduce the carnage on the roads.