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joburgcitySowetanLive report that an East Rand commuter, who has already had two written warnings in under a week, fears losing her job because of being late for work due to the peak-hour gridlock caused by the closure of parts of the M2 highway.  

Ntombizodwa Gexe from Vosloorus in Ekurhuleni, who works at a retail store, said she took a taxi from her township every morning and connected at the Noord taxi rank to Sandton.  She indicated:  "I got my first written warning last week when I arrived at work 30 minutes late.  But sadly I got another on Tuesday because I got to work an hour late due to traffic."  Gexe said although she now leaves home an hour earlier, it still takes more than two hours to get to work.  "I now fear that any day I'm late again I will be suspended."  Gexe said it was also unsafe to leave home when it was still dark.  It has been only a week since the City of Joburg took the decision to shut down the M2 highway after engineers declared parts of the highway unsafe.  However, the resultant traffic madness has left motorists and taxi operators frustrated due to gridlock during peak hours.  Johannesburg Road Agency spokesperson Siyabonga Gebu said: "The repairing of the road is under way and unfortunately there's no turning back and no closed parts of the highway can be opened."

  • Read the full original of Promise Marupeng’s report on this story at SowetanLive

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