Cape Town – Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced traffic accident figures for the Easter weekend with 189 accidents recorded and 235 fatalities.
Mbalula said those numbers indicated a drop from 2019 figures, but there was still a lot of work to do as the country needed tougher laws to deal with unruly drivers.
The Easter weekend numbers were compared to the 2019 numbers because last year the country was in a strict level five lockdown, limiting movement.
Travel on main roads was high despite the lack of religious pilgrimage this year, Mbalula said.
Mbalula said that compared to 2019, where the numbers for the long weekend were 193 crashes and 230 deaths, in 2021 the numbers declined slightly to 189 crashes and 235 deaths.
A provincial breakdown of the numbers saw KwaZulu-Natal register the highest numbers with 42 crashes and 54 fatalities.
* Gauteng recorded 30 accidents and 36 deaths
* The Eastern Cape had 22 accidents and 27 deaths
* Free State had eight crashes and 13 fatalities
* The North Cape recorded six accidents and seven deaths
* The northwest had 15 accidents and 20 fatalities
* The Western Cape had 24 accidents and 26 fatalities
* Mpumalanga recorded 15 accidents and 18 deaths
The minister said the decline could be attributed to an increase in the work of law enforcement agencies. He said that was another reason measures such as body cameras would be introduced to help keep roads safe.
Regarding the statistics of roadblocks, Mbalula said that 336 roadblocks had been carried out across the country, 32,000 fines were problems, 883 vehicles were stopped, 178,000 vehicles were stopped and 782 cars were seized.
A total of 483 drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated and over 112 people were arrested for speeding with 28 arrests for reckless driving. An SAPS officer and a traffic policeman were arrested for bribery and corruption.
“We are still a long way from where we want to be. We must not have easy victories,” said Mbalula.
The busiest national roads in the country were the N1 between Gauteng via the Free State westward which registered 64,001 vehicles and 14,864 vehicles were registered on the N4 in KZN.
235 killed on SA roads at Easter
Source235 killed on SA roads at Easter