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Gauteng motorists urged to be patient amid heavy rainfall

On Tuesday, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department responded to over 40 accidents due to the heavy downpours with dozens of people being injured.

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JOHANNESBURG - As heavy rains continue to persist in parts of Gauteng, motorists are being urged to be patient and vigilant on the roads.

On Tuesday, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) responded to over 40 accidents due to the heavy downpours with dozens of people being injured.

The South African Weather Service has warned of possible localised flooding in some areas.

The JMPD’s Wayne Minnaar says: “At least 48 accidents have occurred in the Johannesburg area, one taxi overturned on M1 south at Xavier off-ramp and all passengers had to be taken to hospitals.”

Disaster officials are on high alert with rains forecast over the next few days in parts of Gauteng and a specific focus on low lying areas.

The City of Joburg says residents must be extra vigilant and avoid flooded roads and bridges.

The City’s Luyanda Longwe says, “So we’re pleading with people in those areas to be extra careful and mindful as they cross the road and go across rivers and bridges as well.”