Eastern Cape motorists urged to be vigilant as rainfall continues during festive season

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The Department of Transport in the Eastern Cape has cautioned travellers to be extra vigilant on the roads this festive season.

The department has warned the public about weather conditions that may cause poor visibility and slippery roads over the period.

Transport Spokesperson, Unathi Bhinqose says, “We would like to make a special call on road users in the province to be extra cautious. Conditions are not ideal for driving because of rain [and]mist in some areas which causes poor visibility. The roads are wet and slippery.”

“Our law enforcement officers are on the ground ready to assist. But a special call go to those driving in mountainous areas the soil is saturated and may experience rockfalls. So we want them to be extra cautious when approaching those areas,” adds Bhinqose.

Meanwhile, on Monday, severe hail storms hit the Eastern Cape.

The latest areas to be hit by the storms include the municipalities of Amathole, Raymond Mhlaba, Amahlathi and Buffalo City.

The storms hit just as residents of the OR Tambo district were picking up the pieces after last week’s severe thunderstorms in the region, which left six people dead and 142 others homeless.

Weather report:18 December 2021