The load shedding in ESKOM is more complicated.

Load shedding implemented by Eskom as part of its power rationing programme resulted in traffic gridlock in Johannesburg and Pretoria on Tuesday morning.

“Load shedding had a negative impact on the traffic flow causing the traffic lights not to work,” Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) Senior Superintendent Wayne Minnaar told the media.

A similar situation was evident in the Pretoria CBD, where there was also load shedding.

Tshwane Metro Police Department spokesperson Isaac Mahamba  stated that:

“In the morning it started in CBD because the traffic lights were not working,”

He added that the department had a strategy in place to deal with the congestion.

“Normally, in all the main roads we deploy our officers if the lights are not working. There were a few accidents that I know of.”