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Carnage continues on SA roads

At least 1,184 people have died on SA roads since the start of the festive season.

FILE: Five people have died in accidents on South African roads in the past 24 hours.

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

At least 987 fatal crashes were reported over the same period.

A pedestrian died following a hit-and-run incident in Boksburg on Gauteng's East Rand on Tuesday morning.

Another person was injured in the same incident.

Witnesses say the driver of the silver BMW fled the scene.

Paramedic Jonathan van Wyk said, "The deceased was one of the pedestrians. The other person was treated on scene and taken to Tambo Memorial Hospital."

The second pedestrian is in a stable condition, officials confirmed.

WESTERN CAPE

Four people have died and five others have been injured after two vehicles collided on the N2 highway between Aberdeen and Mossel Bay on Monday night.

Western Cape Traffic's Donald Lackay said, "Two adult occupants were fatally injured. The occupants in the other vehicle didn't sustain any serious injuries."

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

The latest official national death toll figure revealed 855 people died on the country's roads since 1 December.

RTMC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gilberto Martins said 18,000 traffic officers are on patrol.