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Gauteng residents urged to be cautious on the roads

The Gauteng Traffic Police yesterday called upon road users to be vigilant and exercise caution on all roads following heavy rainfall that the province has been experiencing since Friday night. The heavy rainfall led to flash flooding on major routes, making the roads inaccessible and unsafe to drive on.

The following routes have been over flooded since last night and should be avoided if possible. Tsamaya Road in Mamelodi next to Eerste Fabriek informal settlement has been affected and left many homeless as a result of the heavy rainfall. Some parts of Centurion including corner Rabie and End street, Irene Farm, Supersport Park, Lenchen Avenue, Old Johannesburg Road next to Wierdabrug police station. Meanwhile the N12 Impala Road and Avalon were also affected by the heavy rainfall.

“We call upon road users particularly drivers and pedestrians to be vigilant and exercise care on our roads especially during these rainy conditions. Motorists are advised to maintain a safe following distance at all times. If visibility is hampered due to heavy rainfall, motorists are advised to switch on their head lamps and hazards,” said Sello Maremane, Gauteng Traffic Police Spokesperson.

“There is also a need to adhere to the prescribed speed limit and continue avoiding heavily flooded areas by making use of alternative roads. The Gauteng Traffic Police will be on high alert on the major routes to ensure the safety of road users,” added Sello Maremane.

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