All roads in and out of Ladysmith are blocked, reports Ladysmith Gazette

Ladysmith Gazette reporter, Nameera Sarjoo, reported this afternoon that Ladysmith is completely cut off from the outside world, as taxi drivers have strategically blocked all major intersections into town.

An article published on the Ladysmith Gazette website says:

Roads affected includes the N11 at the Helpmekaar robots, Pieters, Ezakheni, Steadville, Bergville, New Protea and Colenso roads.

Vehicles trying to come in and out of town are backed up for kilometres in each direction.

Police and Public Safety are on scene, and waiting for reinforcements.

Traffic is at a standstill at the moment and the town is effectively under siege.

According to the drivers, a special task team made up of RTI and Department of Transport, law enforcement officials known as ‘Operation Shanela’ confiscated and impounded numerous taxis operated without permits in Ezakheni and other areas.

According to the drivers, they have been fined between R10,000 and R20,000 before the vehicles

Drivers blocked off the road to Ezakheni at the Pieters turn-off, at the Limit Hill robots and now also in Steadville.

Motorists are warned to stay clear.

Ladysmith Gazette

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