Limpopo increases police visibility on roads this Easter

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Traffic is flowing smoothly on all major routes in Limpopo on Saturday with thousands of motorists travelling to various destinations in Limpopo, including the Beit Bridge border post in Musina for the Easter Weekend.

Hundreds of busses and smaller vehicles also made their way to Moria outside Polokwane for the ZCC annual Easter pilgrimage. Traffic spokesperson Matome Tauatsoala says traffic is expected to pick up again on Sunday afternoon.

“The vehicles that are passing through from Gauteng to Limpopo is 300 per hour which is quite normal. We are expecting it to rise again on all the strategic routes tomorrow (Sunday) after the church service from 16H00.”

Although traffic on roads leading to and from Limpopo has subsided, the road fatality count has increased. One thousand traffic officials are preparing to man roads during the exodus of Moria churchgoers expected to be returning home after Sunday afternoon’s final sermon.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is also expected to attend the service.

More people have died on roads in Limpopo this Easter. The count stands at 24 as compared to 20 at the same time last year.

The figure increased after seven people were killed when a taxi lost control and turned several times in the Waterberg on Friday night.

Traffic officials and the police are turning their attention to the rural areas on Saturday night as they focus on drunk drivers and intoxicated pedestrians.

After the Christmas festive season last year, Limpopo’s road fatalities were 17% less than the year before, marking the largest improvement in decreased road accidents and fatalities among all the provinces.

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