Hi Peter, I have done the route through Swazi and picked up an official at the border post that gave me a 2 hour run around...
From what I have heard, this was a very isolated case. But I am not prepared to try my luck again.
@ Chris, thanks!
I went through there in Feb and was unaware of the workings through Bethal and Ermelo and managed to do this section at 03:00am.
I came home via Amsterdam/Carolina and although it was slightly longer was a MUCH easier drive.
I will be going down early Feb and will try the normal route through Bethal Ermelo to Piet Retief down to Manguzi.
Stop and go's are k@k, but at least you have to slow down and take it easy.
Thanks for the replies Gents!