Road death toll climbs

Bloemfontein and Cape Town crashes add to the 980 tally of all that have died on South African roads.

Four people were killed following a head on collision between a light motor vehicle and a truck in Klerksdorp on 22 December 2012. Picture: Netcare 911

BLOEMFONTEIN/CAPE TOWN - At least 5 people have died in 2 separate accidents in Bloemfontein and Cape town on Tuesday respectively.

In Bloemfontein, 3 people died in a head on collision between two vehicles.

Netcare 911's Santi Steinmann said, "They had to use the Jaws of Life to free the bodies from the wreckage."

The cause of the accident is not yet known and will be the subject of a police investigation.

And in Cape Town, two police officers were involved in a head on collision with a car in Parow.

The officials died on the scene.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said head on collisions have been the main cause of most accidents on the roads this festive season.

The RTMC's Ashraf Ismial is appealing to motorists to drive with caution.

Ismail also said that during a time of joy and happiness such as the festive season, motorists should not create a need for memorial services and funerals with reckless driving.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) have confirmed that over 980 deaths have been reported on the country's roads since the beginning of December 2012.