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Easter road deaths increase

The highest increases have been recorded in the Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, the Western Cape and the North West.

N12 Putfontein crash left 1 person dead and around 60 injured. Picture: Twitter/@Netcare911_sa.

CAPE TOWN - The number of road fatalities over the Easter period this year increased, Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi said.

The minister released the road crash statistics on Friday, saying that the fatalities had increased to 235 compared to 187 last year.

Some of the deadliest crashes over the Easter weekend were recorded in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

The minister said that fatalities had increased in all provinces, apart from the Free State, which saw a 27% decline.

The highest increases have been recorded in the Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, the Western Cape and the North West.

He said that the reasons for the fatalities were drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts, drinking and driving and overloading.

Maswanganyi added that his department was at an advanced stage of talks with the Justice Department to institute harsher punishment for those who don't follow road rules.

More to follow.

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