WATCH: Shock as man hangs himself on the N1 highway

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Motorists were stunned on Tuesday morning when they saw the body of a man hanging under a bridge on the N1 in Gauteng.

Gauteng Traffic Police have since called on motorists to be cautious on the N1 North Freeway and to avoid the area towards Polokwane after a man committed suicide at about 8am on Tuesday.

Traffic police said the incident happened between Petroport Garage and Wallmansthal Bridge. Authorities said the circumstances of the suicide were unknown at this stage. Police investigations were under way.

Sello Maremane, spokesperson for the Gauteng Traffic Police, slammed motorists for taking videos.

“The Gauteng Traffic Police condemns the reckless behaviour by some motorists passing along the N1 freeway, especially those taking the pictures of the deceased. This behaviour is unwarranted and punishable by law- enforcement authorities since the deceased’s family is not yet notified.

“Anyone found with the pictures, or to be circulating them, will face the full wrath of law,” said Maremane.

Gauteng Police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said police received an anonymous call about the incident around 6.30am.

“Police proceeded to the scene and called the paramedics who certified him dead. Investigation is continuing to determine the motive,” he said.

The Gauteng Traffic Police urged motorists to use alternative roads such as the Sefako Makgatho Drive, Old Warmbaths and/or Bela-Bela roads.

Maremane said the scene was not yet cleared and a single lane was in use.

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