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According to one observer, these locusts have made the conditions on the road “feel like a horror movie”. Several provinces of the country have been placed on high alert, and the crop-munching pests continued to cause panic on Wednesday.

Car drivers have been advised not to drive with their wipers on as this will likely smear the locusts across the windshield and reduce visibility even further.

According to local media, the brown locust infestation that plaguing much of South Africa has already cost the government millions of Rands as they try to combat the insects.

The South African National Department of Agriculture said in a written reply to Parliament that fighting the plague has already cost it more than R74,6m (£3.4million).

This figure includes the cost of appointing and training contractors, as well as the cost of insecticides and related safety material.

According to JacardaFM, Noupoort, Middelburg, and Colesberg seem to be bearing the brunt of this infestation, and these locust swarms now pose a real danger to drivers.

These locust attacks are likely going to cause food shortages in the country, as the bugs tend to destroy crops.

Last year, the UN warned that 25 million people in the east Africa region could be affected as South Sudan was suffering from a fresh wave of locusts.

According to the UN, a locust swarm of one square kilometre in size can eat the same amount of food in a day as 35,000 people.

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