Human error warning by Martins

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Johannesburg - The 55 people who died after three road smashes the previous two weeks were killed by human error, the Road and Traffic Management Corporation said on Friday.

RTMC acting CEO Gilberto Martins said: "We are saddened and concerned that these accidents are as a result of driver error. We are concerned when we find that it is a human element that caused the accidents and that will only come right if the humans change their driving attitudes."


On Friday afternoon (Nov 22), at least 15 people died and five were injured when a minibus taxi collided with a stationary truck near Umkomaas, in kwaZulu-Natal, paramedics said.

Earlier in the day, 11 people died and 47 were injured when a bus and a Toyota Corolla collided on the N1, near Makhado, Limpopo.

Ten days earlier 29 people died and 30 were injured when a bus and truck collided on the Moloto road near Kwaggafontein in Mpumalanga.

Martins said it was important for the public to work with traffic officials and to report unroadworthy vehicles and drivers who exceed the speed limit (he did not defined whether he was referring to the road speed limit or the speed limit of the relevant public service and haulage vehicles).

He said the RTMC would have various road safety campaigns ahead of the festive season and asked the public to become involved.

Transport department spokesman Tiyani Rikhotso said the department was concerned about the state of public transport vehicles because when one crashed there were usually "multiple deaths".

He said holiday season campaigns would focus on public transport and heavy-duty vehicles.