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Target might not be met - RTMC

The RTMC hoped to reduce road casualties this year by 25 percent.

A road accident on the N1 between Laingsburg and Beaufort West, 16 December 2012. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) on Sunday said it was unlikely that it will reach its target of reducing casualties by 25 percent this year given the preliminary figures on fatal accidents so far this festive season.

Over 765 people have died in about 638 accidents on the country's roads in December so far.

Comparatively, last year 1,771 people were killed as a result of 1, 316 crashes over the festive season.

"The head on collision is the most devastating type of crash any human being actually can endure," said the RTMC's Ashraf Ismail.

"Your chances of survival are almost zero."

Traffic authorities in the Western Cape also confirmed that five people died on the N1 highway's "Road of Death" in the central Karoo in the last 24 hours.

Beaufort West Traffic Chief Willie van Rooi said a woman from Lesotho and her two young children died when car and a mini-bus taxi collided on Sunday morning.

He said two other people died in an accident just outside the central Karoo town on Saturday night.

"A vehicle from Ceres, on its way on his way to the Eastern Cape, lost control and the vehicle was badly damaged.

"One lady, aged about 30 years, and one child of one and half years, died on the scene."

Meanwhile, the South African Border Control Operational Coordinating Committee said it deployed additional staff to assist at the Beitbridge border post into Zimbabwe, as extremely high traffic volumes are recorded.

The committee's Patrick Moeng said they are processing about 30,000 vehicles a day.

"We are currently able to deal with that because we've got enough resources on the ground to handle that kind of situation."

But Moeng said the busiest border post so far is Lebombo which leads to Mozambique.

He said scores of people travelling to Mpumalanga also pass through the border post.

"As of yesterday we were processing more than 26,000 people a day which is actually close to 7,000 people more than last year."

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