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Long weekend accidents claim 13 lives in WC

Authorities have urged motorists to be cautious as traffic volumes peak on SA roads.

Picture: Freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape traffic officials have recorded 13 deaths on the province's roads since the start of the long weekend.

In one incident, at around midnight, three people died in an accident near the Manenberg police station.

A pedestrian was also killed after he was struck by a car on the N2 in the Macassar area.

Provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa says, "Three people lost their loves, five others were seriously injured and one occupant in a bakkie was slightly injured."

Meanwhile, authorities urge caution on South Africa's roads at the end of the Workers' Day long weekend.

Heavy traffic volumes are being reported on several major routes into Gauteng.

On the N3 highway in KwaZulu-Natal, around 2,400 vehicles are passing through the Mooi River Toll Plaza per hour.

The toll concession's Con Roux says, "Our appeal to motorists is to be patient more than anything else; to adhere to safe speeds, not to try weave in and out of traffic and to keep a safe following distance from the vehicle in front."

Heavy traffic towards Gauteng is also being reported on the N1 south from Polokwane and the N4 west from Mbombela.

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