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Johannesburg - In Gauteng, you're more likely to be killed in a car crash than from being shot, according to South Africa's mortuary figures.

Mortuary statistics for the past three years, released by the Gauteng legislature this week, reveal grim figures for the province.

Gauteng's reputation for being home to the country's most dangerous drivers is strengthened by mortuary results - more than 1700 killed in 2014/2015.

Grim figures

In 2012/13, vehicle crashes were the No.1 cause of death as recorded by the province's ten mortuaries with 1881. This number increased to 1927 in 2013/14 and dropped to 1707 in 2014/15. Despite the decrease, road deaths remain the province's biggest killer.

Pedestrians predictably suffered as a result with 1193 in 2014/15.

Crashes vs. shootings

More than 1700 people died in vehicle crashes compared to nearly 1600 killed as a result of gun violence.

Train accidents are on the rise with 244 deaths compared to 179 recorded two years prior.

DA MPL Jack Bloom said: "Dead bodies don't lie - these shock figures should be a wake-up call to curb violence and the causes of violence in Gauteng."

Gauteng road deaths: 2014 - 2015
  • Motor vehicle -  1707
  • Motor vehicle (pedestrians) - 1193
  • Motorbike - 188

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