8 die in N. West crashes

In the North West, eight people have been killed in four separate accidents since Easter holidays began.

File: In the North West, eight people have been killed in four separate accidents since Easter holidays began. Picture: Melvyn Boiskin/iWitness

JOHANNESBURG - In the North West, eight people have been killed in four separate accidents since the beginning of the Easter holidays.

Authorities on Saturday said one man crashed into a bridge on the N4 Highway, while three other people died in an incident involving a minibus taxi and a car near Potchefstroom.

Two cars also collided on Mandela Drive, killing three more people and a cyclist died after he was knocked over by a car.

Police spokesperson Simon Mmope cautioned motorists to be careful when driving, especially during awkward hours. He said it appeared fatigue and speed was the cause of many accidents.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says although traffic volumes on major routes are lower than expected, an increase in road negligence had been reported in urban areas.

Spokesperson Ashref Ismail said traffic officers will be out in full force across South African roads to ensure those breaking road rules are arrested, especially drunk drivers.