Members of Westenburg Police are hunting for four suspects who committed an attempted murder along N1 road next to Shell Garage outside Polokwane on Wednesday. The incident took place around 14:20. According to police reports, a foreign national truck driver was driving his work truck from Johannesburg to Polokwane.

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He pulled into the N1 fueling station near Polokwane, bought some drinks, got into his truck, and drove away.

As he drove, four males, one of whom was armed approached his truck while in motion from the passenger side. They then pointed a firearm at him, in an attempt to stop him but refused to stop and drove off speedily. One suspect fired one shot at the passenger side window, which got partly shattered. He accelerated until he reached Westenburg police station to report the incident.

Truck driver survives attempted murder ordeal at N1 Shell Garage
N1 Highway Limpopo

WESTENBURG POLICE INVESTIGATE AN INCIDENT OF ATTEMPTED MURDER ALONG N1 SHELL GARAGE

He never stopped at the scene; a gunshot passed right by him. A case of attempted murder was opened.

Anyone with information that can assist with the arrest of the suspects should contact Westenburg Detective Commander Eddie Hlaraka at 082 729 0049. Crime stop number 0860010111, the nearest police station, or also share information on MySAPSApp.

TRAFFIC UPDATE – There is heavy traffic on roads leading out of Limpopo on Easter Monday, including the N1. Other roads include R101, R71, R81, the R579 from Lebowakgomo in Capricorn to Apelcross, and D4100 Applecross Groblersdal and Marblehall.

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Gates at the Nyl and Kranskop Toll Plaza have been opened several times today to clear southbound congestion on the N1.

Limpopo Easter Monday N1 traffic update
N1 Limpopo

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT IN LIMPOPO ISSUE EASTER MONDAY N1 TRAFFIC UPDATE

Impatient drivers are warned against driving on the yellow lane and/or facing oncoming traffic. Especially at tollgates, as this might cause accidents that will congest traffic further. Motorists are cautioned to maintain a safe following distance at all times.

For emergencies drivers can contact 0800 006 694 or to report traffic emergencies in Limpopo

More to follow… 

Limpopo road users have been urged to exercise patience as traffic volumes are expected to increase from Thursday leading to Easter Weekend. The five-day easter weekend travel period is characterised by spikes in road use with most road users travelling for holidays, family gatherings, and religious purposes.

The most critical routes with high traffic volumes are the N1 from Maubane to Beitbridge. R101 Pienaarsrivier to Polokwane, N11 Marble Hall to Lephalale. R510 Bela-Bela to Thabazimbi, R37 Polokwane to Burgersfort. R579 From Apel Cross to Moratiwa complex, R71 Polokwane to Phalaborwa, R81 Polokwane to Giyani. R524 Makhado to Kruger National Park, R521 Polokwane to Dendron, R523 Wyllispoort to Sibasa, R40 Between Phalaborwa and Orpenhek, and the R36 from Tzaneen to Tunnel Plaza.

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Meanwhile, MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani launched the 2024 Easter Road Safety Campaign on Tuesday.

The campaign includes a road safety education and law enforcement plan that is intended to co-ordinate and harmonize road traffic enforcement plans across provincial and municipal authorities. To provide a seamless, day-by-day thematic focus for maximum impact and reaction.

MEC Radzilani highlighted that the province is looking forward to high traffic volumes, as the various congregants will be heading to their various pilgrimages, throughout many parts of the province.

“We shall be deploying a systematic methodology, of placing our road safety and traffic officers at strategic points. To ensure a constant presence, on all the identified spots which are known for accidents,” she said.

Traffic volumes expected to increase on Limpopo Major roads ahead of Easter Weekend
Limpopo N1 traffic

HIGH TRAFFIC VOLUMES EXPECTED IN LIMPOPO AHEAD OF EASTER WEEKEND

“Together with the South African Police Services, we shall be conducting a series of road safety operations, throughout the province. As we launch an onslaught on drunken driving, and many other traffic offenses, on the road. We are going to be merciless on overloading, unroadworthy vehicles, and many other traffic transgressions during this period.

“Those who will be undertaking longer trips during this period must observe occasional rests. Ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy to avoid crashes. Drivers must be patient and tolerate others, especially at toll gates along the N1,” added MEC Radzilani.

“We urge pedestrians to wear visible clothing when walking during the night and avoid drinking and walking. Road fatalities do not only rob families of their loved ones, but they also cut short the lives of bread winners. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. Let us all arrive alive.”

Limpopo Traffic Police have arrested a man driving a BMW 1-Series after clocking 234km/h in a 120 km/h zone on the N1 in Modimolle.

The reckless driver was stopped along the N1 South next to Engen garage.

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A case of reckless driving has since been opened. Chief Director at the Provincial Traffic Department Jane Mulaudzi has
commended the traffic law enforcement officers for the arrest.

Driver arrested clocking 234km/h on the N1 Modimolle
N1 Limpopo

RECKLESS DRIVER ARRESTED ON N1 MODIMOLLE

She has called on motorists to adhere to the road rules and avoid causing accidents.

Mulaudzi said that the province has deployed its teams of law enforcement officers on all major roads to ensure the safety of all motorists.

At Least eight people have died in a horrible accident on the N1 in Matoks, Limpopo on Saturday evening. Thirteen others were rushed to hospital, one of them is in critical condition.

The accident occurred on the N1 near RDP houses in the Capricorn District.

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According to reports, a BMW collided head-on with a Toyota Quantum, where eight lives perished on the scene. The fatal accident includes two children, two females, and four males, of which two are drivers of the BMW and the taxi.

One passenger was in a life-threatening condition, seven with serious injuries, and four with minor injuries.

N1 MATOKS ACCIDENT CLAIMS EIGHT LIVES

MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani has sent her condolences to the bereaved families.

“This accident comes during a time when as a province, we are still mourning from the accident that occurred at Musina last week,” she said.

“Our people in the Province should be very careful while traveling to their different destinations. We continue to lose lives on our roads and all of us should be concerned and promote road safety during our journeys,” said MEC Radzilani.

Radzilani also highlighted that people around the province should be extra careful during this long weekend. She urged all law enforcement officers to ensure that people comply while traveling. 

Six people have been confirmed dead while four others were critically injured during a horrific accident on the N1 outside Louis Trichardt in Limpopo on Thursday evening. A taxi and a truck reportedly collided head-on after around 23:00.

The accident happened approximately 7 kilometres outside of Louis Trichardt in the Soutpansberg Mountain Pass, Makhado.

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A truck, traveling south, collided head-on with a taxi after the truck’s brakes apparently failed.

It is alleged that the truck drove over the taxi. Six passengers, including three babies, died at the scene. The truck driver and his passenger managed to escape with minor injuries. The taxi was travelling to Zimbabwe when the accident occurred.

Six die in a horrific N1 accident outside Louis Trichardt
Wreckage of N1 accident in Limpopo

The accident resulted in the closure of the N1 for hours to allow clean-up operations to take place. By Friday morning, traffic in both directions was backed up for several kilometres while the N1 was completely closed off. Single-lane traffic was allowed through just after 08:00.

SIX PEOPLE PERISH IN HORRIFIC N1 ACCIDENT IN LOUIS TRICHARDT

As a result of the accident, workers who were commuting from Musina, Louis Trichardt, Polokwane, and Nzhelele arrived at work late.

Others were found walking long distances to get to work. According to one driver who was traveling to Zimbabwe, they had to sleep next to the road because it was closed.

UPDATE – There has been heavy traffic reported on Easter Monday in Limpopo including the N1 as motorists return back to their respective provinces.

This includes the highway heading to Gauteng, R101, R71, R81, the R579 from Lebowakgomo to Apel cross. D4100 from Apelcross to Groblersdal and Marblehall.

Heavy traffic on Easter Monday on Limpopo roads Including N1
N1 Limpopo

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Gates at the Nyl and Kranskop Toll Plaza have been opened several times today to clear southbound congestion on the N1.

Impatient drivers are warned against driving on the yellow lane and/or facing oncoming traffic.

MOTORISTS ADVICED TO KEEP DISTANCE ON N1

Especially at tollgates, as this might cause accidents that will congest traffic further. They have also been cautioned to maintain a safe following distance at all times.

Dial 0800 006 694 to report traffic emergencies in Limpopo

Traffic volumes have increased on major roads leading out of Limpopo province since Sunday night leading up to Easter Monday.

A lot of activity was picked up on the N1, southbound towards Gauteng, the R101, R71, R81, and the R579 from Lebowakgomo to Apelcross. Also the D4100 from Apelcross to Groblersdal and Marblehall.

LIMPOPO EASTER MONDAY TRAFFIC UPDATE

Other areas within the province are reporting low to moderate traffic. All busy roads are being monitored by traffic officers on visible patrol.

Limpopo Easter Monday traffic update
Easter Monday traffic update

Drivers travelling back out of the province are advised to leave their departure points early. Preferably during the daytime, and not drive at night, as the majority of the crashes occur at night when visibility is impaired.

LIMPOPO MOTORISTS ADVISED TO DRIVE WITH CAUTION

*Drive with caution, avoid the use of a cell phone whilst driving, maintain a safe following distance. Take regular breaks, and look out for pedestrians at all times.

Dial 0800 006 694 to report traffic emergencies in Limpopo

There was slightly heavy traffic on the N1 overnight into Good Friday morning while there was also heavy traffic on the R71 from Polokwane to Moria.

MODERATE TRAFFIC ON N1 AND R71 MORIA ON GOOD FRIDAY

But the traffic on both roads has since slowed down. There was congestion at Kranskop Toll Plaza this morning, however, gates were open for free to ease it. It is, however, flowing, with no reports of congestion.

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Other areas within the province are reporting low to moderate traffic. All busy roads are being monitored by traffic officers on visible patrol.

N1 and R71 Moria Good Friday traffic flow
R71 Moria Good Friday traffic flow

Motorists should continue to drive with caution, maintain a safe following distance, take regular breaks, and look out for pedestrians at all times.

Dial 0800 006 694 to report traffic emergencies in Limpopo

Traffic is getting heavy on the N1 from Hammanskraal to Polokwane, with more than 1600 vehicles passing through Kranskop Toll Plaza at 17h00 due to Limpopo Easter Weekend.

More are vehicles are expected later in the evening.

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Traffic law enforcement officers remain deployed at major routes and other critical points to manage the flow of traffic. 

Limpopo Easter Weekend N1 Traffic Flow 
Easter Weekend Traffic Flow 

Motorists are urged to drive with caution, maintain a safe following distance. Take regular breaks, and look out for pedestrians at all times. 

Dial *0800 006 694* to report *traffic emergencies* in Limpopo.