Ongoing power cuts by Eskom have frustrated motorists, who continue to be trapped in queues with no metro cops in sight to act as pointsmen.

Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar, of the Johannesburg Metro Police, said there were not enough officers to cope with the situation when the city’s traffic lights stop working due to the power outages.

He said: “There are 1882 traffic lights in Gauteng and we only have 1400 operational staff. We don’t have officers to go to every intersection where traffic lights are not working.”

Power cuts have been causing havoc at major intersections throughout the country, leaving motorists frustrated .

Minnaar said officers have been asked to work double shifts.

He said: “We are doing this to ensure that we have as many pointspeople at as many intersections as possible, but we just don’t have the capacity to cope.”