1,184 killed on SA roads

The latest figure was released by the Road Traffic Management Corporation.

FILE: At least 1,184 people have died on South African roads this festive season. Picture: iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - At least 1,184 people have died on South African roads this festive season, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) confirmed on Tuesday.

The latest figure reflects the toll from 1-30 December.

Some 987 fatal crashes were reported over the same period, officials confirmed.

The Department of Transport says most fatal accidents this festive season were as a result of head-on collisions.

More than 200 of the crashes happened in KwaZulu-Natal, while over 150 occurred in Gauteng.

RTMC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gilberto Martins says he's concerned.

"The law enforcement is there but still, attitudes don't change. Motorists don't seem to heed the fact that they need to take responsibility when they are driving."

Earlier this week, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters called on all South Africans to work together with law enforcement officers to ensure a safe festive season.

She said motorists need to work together.

In September, Peters revealed around R306 billion was lost to the South African economy annually as a result of accidents.

These costs include loss of manpower due to fatalities and injuries, medical services, clean-up operations and compensation paid out to victims.

Peters was speaking at a road safety briefing in Parliament, Cape Town.