SOUTH AFRICAN ROADS SEE MASSIVE JANS AS HOLIDAY-MAKERS HEAD BACK HOME

South African roads are jam-packed Monday with holiday-makers heading back home from their vacations and motorists were warned of massive congestion on some major routes as traffic volumes reached a peak.

Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) Spokesperson Simon Zwane said they were doing whatever it takes to prevent an increase in the number of road deaths nationwide.

"Traffic will reach Gauteng (Province) in the afternoon. On the basic routes we have deployed adequate numbers of traffic officials to patrol the roads and ensure that you can identify moving violations, dealing with those under the influence of alcohol. If we all take responsibility and treat each other with respect on the roads we would see a change."

Meanwhile, the Limpopo Department of Transport said the national traffic police had been deployed to major roads in the province to ensure that they are traffic officers every 20 kilometres on major routes.

Traffic volumes have increased on the N1 road between the Limpopo provincial capital of Polokwane and Pretoria in Gauteng Province. More than 100 people were killed in road crashes this festive season in Limpopo.

Motorists were also advised to be extra cautious on the N3 highway, the national route which links Johannesburg and Durban, because of traffic congestion.

Holiday makers were leaving coastal resorts in KwaZulu-Natal Province and making their way back home. More than 2,000 cars per hour were passing through toll gates in a northerly direction.

Traffic was also picking up on the N4 highway from northeastern Mpumalanga Province towards Pretoria. The RTMC said volumes were swelling and the majority of travellers were returning home from holidays in Mozambique.

Many return to work this week and traffic is expected to increase the rest of the week.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK