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2013-12-27 07:52

FESTIVE SEASON TAKES A GRIM TOLL: SA’s roads have claimed the lives of 855 people in over 700 crashes, reports the RTMC. Image: AP

Since the start of December 2013, 855 people have been killed in more than 700 crashes in South Africa, reports the Road Traffic Management Corporation.

On December 18 2013,  the Road Traffic Management Corporation reported that 550 people were killed on South Africa's roads since the beginning of December. By December 27 2013, the figure has increased by 305 to 855.


Gauteng reported the most crashes with 148, KwaZulu-Natal 138, the Eastern Cape 99, Mpumalanga 77, and the Free State 63. Limpopo had 59 crashes, the Western Cape 57, the North West 50, and Northern Cape 25.

RTMC acting chief executive officer (CEO) Gilberto Martins says dangerous overtaking, speeding as well as drinking and driving were contributing factors.


On the N12, about 20km from Klerksdorp on the road to Wolmaransstad, North West, 14 people were killed on December 1. On December 6, on the N11 between Middelburg and Groblersdal in Limpopo, nine people were killed in a major crash.

Seven people were killed on December 12 on the N2 in Rhebokfontein, near Pongola in KwaZulu-Natal. On December 13 seven people were killed in a crash on the N1 between Laingsburg and Cape Town.

In Mpumalanga the highest speed recorded was 200km/h in a 120km/h zone. The driver was expected to appear in the Grootvlei Magistrate's Court.


In Limpopo, a driver was released on R2000 bail for driving 171km/h in a 120km/h zone.

A driver was arrested in the Free State for driving 219km/h in a 120km/h zone and released on R2000 bail.

In the Free State 20 people were arrested for speeding since the start of December 2013. Thirty arrests for drunken driving were made in Limpopo and 14 in the North West.

Breakdown of crashes per province: December 1 - 27 2013

Gauteng - 148
Kwa-Zulu Natal - 138
Eastern Cape - 99
Mpumalanga - 77
Free State - 63
Limpopo - 59
Western Cape - 57
North West province - 50
Northern Cape - 25
Total - 855

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

RTMC asks road users to report bad driving on 0861 400 800 (Not toll free)

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