Johannesburg: Motorists 'at a standstill', after traffic pile-up on N1 south

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Although South Africans have been granted more freedom during Level 4 of lockdown, the last thing motorists would have expected to see on Friday was a tailback this big. Traffic on the N1 in Johannesburg came to a standstill earlier this morning, with delays of up to an hour reported by some frustrated road users.

Johannesburg traffic for Friday 1 May: N1 south comes to a standstill

This gridlock had been reported just after the Allendale junction on the southbound carriageway of the N1. Relatively deserted since the end of March, scenes like this have been in short supply since lockdown began.

Traffic coming from the Buccleuch interchange has also been affected. Footage captured by one motorist shows slow-moving traffic, and a rogue road user even tries to turn their car around and drive the other way.