Heavy traffic expected in WC as long weekend draws to a close

Western Cape Traffic chief Kenny Africa has urged motorists to be vigilant and patient.

Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape transport authorities have warned motorists to expect heavy traffic volumes today as the long weekend comes to an end.

Law enforcement operations are in full swing and fines amounting to nearly R350,000 have been issued since Friday.

Traffic chief Kenny Africa has urged motorists to be vigilant and patient.

"We urge motorists to please be patient. If the roads are busy, like they're going to be today - bumper-to-bumper - we want you to be patient. Just remember that you'll reach your destination."

At the same time, three people have died in an accident near the Manenberg Police Station.

Five other people sustained serious injuries in the incident early this morning.

Africa added, "Early this morning, at around 12:30am in Klipfontein Road, just opposite the Manenberg Police Station, the driver of a bakkie lost control of his car and three people lost their lives."

In another incident last night, a pedestrian died after he was struck by a car on the N2 near Macassar.