Easter traffic updates

An overturned truck on the N1 near Paarl, on Monday 22 April 2019 – Photo: Bosbeer2006 / Twitter

Easter traffic updates: Major disruptions reported on N1, N2 and N3

Heading home for Easter, or just need to plan your route across town? We’ve got the latest traffic updates for Monday as the roads start getting congested.

Easter traffic updates

An overturned truck on the N1 near Paarl, on Monday 22 April 2019 – Photo: Bosbeer2006 / Twitter

With Easter Monday being the last public holiday, many South Africans are making their journeys home to face reality again on Tuesday. However, for many commuters, the nightmare of the rat race is already underway. The latest traffic updates for the afternoon paint a grim picture in both the Western Cape and Gauteng.

Easter Monday traffic updates: Western Cape

Take for example, the scene some motorists were confronted with earlier this morning. A truck was tipped over by strong winds on its way back to Cape Town, causing severe delays for commuters on the N1:

There are still delays on either carriageway of the Huguenot Tunnel. In fact, any commute into the Mother City sounds pretty hectic at the moment – The N2 from Botrivier towards Gordon’s Bay is currently backed-up due to high traffic volumes. Expect additional journey times if you’re heading westbound on this road:

Latest traffic updates for Johannesburg, Pretoria and Gauteng

Meanwhile, across the country in Gauteng, there’s been a fatal crash at Heidelburg involving more than one vehicle on the N3 North. This is causing gridlock and motorists are advised to avoid the area for the afternoon:

The N1 from Polokwane south to Pretoria is also experiencing delays near Kranskop. Those of you heading south and back into Gauteng will encounter hold-ups on this stretch of road, as the volume of traffic piles up between now and Monday evening. There are also issues to report near the Hammanskraal region of the N1, too.

Carnage on the roads

As we reported earlier, a total of 549 motorists – 312 of which were drunk drivers – were arrested for various traffic offences during the course of the Easter holiday.

A reckless motorist in Gauteng clocked the fastest recorded case of speeding over the weekend. The speedster was caught doing 196km/h on the N14. Meanwhile, there were some grim fatalities in Free State, after a taxi and a bakkie collided with a truck on the R57. Four people died, and two were left critically injured.