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Deadly Shooting on N3 At Modderfontein Causes Traffic Chaos

Reports of a shooting on a section of the N3 through Johannesburg have reached us on Thursday morning. The incident took place after the off-ramp for Modderfontein. Police and paramedics rushed to the scene after reports of the attack came through just after 9:00.

The Edenvale Community Police Forum issued a statement on the matter earlier on Thursday, noting that there was an ‘active crime scene’ in the Modderfontein region.

“Motorists have been advised to avoid the N3 northbound at Modderfontein offramp. The road has been closed, due to there being an active crime scene. No further information has been received at this time.”

According to eyewitnesses, at least one victim was receiving treatment from first responders by the roadside. Details about this shooting remain unclear, but the impact it had on the N3 traffic flow through Johannesburg has been disastrous.

It’s now been confirmed that the right lane of the N3 northbound, just as you approach the Modderfontein Road off-ramp, has been closed off. Motorists are advised to approach the area with caution, given that exit queues were spilling onto the slow lane of the carriageway.

Preliminary reports from the scene suggest that two people were shot in the attack. Anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee shared the news on his social media pages, but wouldn’t confirm any more details apart from the actual location of the incident.

The Crime Air Network has reported that the shooting is fatal, as one of the victims passed away.

N3 Toll Route says no indication when Van Reenen’s Pass would be cleared

The N3 Toll Route says there’s no indication currently as to when the obstruction at Van Reenen’s Pass on the N3 would be cleared.

On Friday morning the road between Van Reenen’s Pass and the Tugela Toll Plaza was closed due to a blockade by truckers.

By noon, nothing had been resolved with the N3 Toll Route reporting “extensive traffic backlogs” being reported in both directions from KwaZulu-Natal to the Free State.

 

“Traffic in the area remains at a standstill as all lanes remain closed. Severe congestion and delays will continue to be experienced along all routes in the region. Road users are advised to delay travel to the area until further notice,”

Durban Chamber said these recuring blockades of the N3 are a cause for concern.

“The KZN economy is extremely reliant on the N3 Corridor, as it serves as a critical trade route, connecting our two harbours to the SADC region. Hence, such behaviour cannot become a norm of addressing social issues in South Africa. If these protest actions persist it will impact the entire value chain from trucking companies to the receiving businesses,” said Palesa Phili, Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry NPC CEO.

She said continuous congestion, road closures and concerns of safety along the N3 are factors that create uncertainty and delays in freight turnarounds times and thus creating additional costs for businesses.

According to eThekwini Municipality Durban EDGE, it is estimated that when the logistics sector is not fully operational, due to torching of trucks, and blocking of key corridors such as N3, N2 and M7, it loses R800 million in GVA per month or R13,7 million per day.

“Following the Covid-19 pandemic and the July unrest we cannot afford losses such as these, we need to promote an attitude of rebuilding and reconciling. While we still do not have the full details of the reasons for the blockage is unknown, the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry NPC condemns this disruptive behaviour and calls for urgent intervention.

“We encourage law enforcement to take the necessary steps to arrest the situation immediately, increase visibility and full coverage of the affected areas. As organised business, we call for stability and order. We remain committed to working with the public sector on finding workable solutions,” she said.

Before 7am on Friday morning, KZN police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said traffic was being diverted via alternative routes.

 

N3 Closed Until Further Notice

Motorists have been warned to avoid using the entire N3 toll route following several days of violent protests and the burning of vehicles.  On Tuesday, the N3 Toll Concession said the entire N3 toll route between Cedera, in KwaZulu-Natal, and Heidelberg, in Gauteng, had been closed until further notice.

Violence in the Mooiriver area of KwaZulu-Natal, resulted in the torching of dozens of trucks, some carrying cargo, in demonstrations that have since spilled over into Gauteng.

Gavin Kelly, the Road Freight Association chief executive officer said more than 30 trucks had already been destroyed during the weekend.

“We call on the minister of police, minister of transport, and the president to put together an effective plan to stop these actions aimed at destroying our democracy, our economy, and our fledgling new businesses that have had to endure so much under COVID.”

In his address to the nation on Tuesday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed the deployment of the South African National Defence Force to communities in South Africa currently gripped by the riots.

Ramaphosa said the interventions were vital for restoring calm and stability while preventing further loss of life or injury, protecting property, and safeguarding social and economic infrastructure.

Couple hitch a free ride on the N3 – by clinging to oil tanker

This couple has become ‘internet famous’ this week, after footage of their daring commute on the back of an oil tanker was uploaded onto Twitter. The footage has gained traction on Thursday morning, and viewers have been left gobsmacked by the scenes witnessed on the N3.

According to uploader @mike_said_what, this took place on a stretch of road near Germiston in Gauteng. We reckon his caption is the perfect summary of the brief clip…

“In any other year, and in any other country, I would be surprised.”

The video begins with a view of the couple just metres in front. A man and a woman are standing on the rear bumper of the oil tanker, clinging to the ladders on the back. The lorry has its hazards on, which – as we all know in South Africa – means you can get away with doing absolutely anything.

Whether the driver is directly involved in this free ride remains up for debate. Travelling at a steady pace, cars whizz by the Germiston journeyers, as they casually ignore the incredible risks surrounding them.

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With the oil tanker only capable of reaching 80km/h, these two obviously fancied their chances. It’s believed the incident took place on Wednesday morning. There have been no reports of injuries, deaths, or serious traffic hold-ups in the region over the past 24 hours, indicating that the couple made it to their destination unscathed.

And, just so we can cover ourselves for ANY liability: Don’t try this at home, people. Or on the N3, for that matter…

‘At least nine trucks’ petrol-bombed overnight in Gauteng

Police are on the lookout for a group of suspects who orchestrated a mass arson attack in Gauteng on Thursday. Multiple trucks – in at least nine confirmed torchings – were targeted in a night of destruction on the N3 and R103.

Police say a white Toyota Quantum and a black Volkswagen – both operating with unknown registration plates – blocked the N3 and R103 at about 20.30. Petrol bombs were thrown at the trucks on two of the province’s major highways.

A statement has since been released by law enforcement officials, confirming that the Heidelberg and Vosloorus areas of Gauteng remain volatile this morning. The expansive clean-up operation is already underway.

“Seven trucks were torched on the N3 between Heidelberg and Vosloorus while two trucks were set alight on the R103. Police are investigating cases of malicious damage to property and are appealing to anyone who might have information that can lead to the apprehension of the suspects to call the nearest police station or the crime stop number: 08600 10111.”

Gauteng SAPS

On Friday morning, police confirmed that one suspect has been arrested for his role in these coordinated attacks. No motive has yet been established, but investigations will continue long into the weekend as Gauteng tries to come to terms with this act of mindless, sustained violence. No deaths or injuries have been reported as of 9:00 on 20 November.

 

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