Minister shocked at road death stats

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says South Africans need to work together to ensure a safe festive season.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says South Africans need to work together to ensure a safe festive season.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has called on all South African road users to work together with law enforcement officers to ensure a safe festive season for all.

The latest official death toll revealed that 855 people have died on the country's roads this month alone.

Peters says South Africans need to work together.

"Cooperate with the law enforcement officers and everyone else who's volunteering for road safety."

Meanwhile, Road Traffic Management Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Gilberto Martins, says there are currently only 18,000 traffic officers in the country.

He says this figure is not enough to ensure no wrongdoing on the roads, and therefore drivers do as they please until they are caught.

"We have 18,000 law enforcement officers and if you think of the network of roads we don't have enough officers to locate them every 3km so we find that drivers tend to do what they think they can do until they get caught."