Zuma shocked by road carnage

Almost 1,200 people have been killed on SA's roads since the start of the festive season.

President Jacob Zuma has expressed concern at the high level of deaths on the country's roads since the start of the festive season. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has expressed concern at the high level of deaths on the country's roads since the start of the festive season.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) released the latest figures yesterday showing nearly 1,200 people were killed between 1 and 30 December.

Around 987 fatal crashes were reported over the same period.

Zuma called on motorists to be more responsible as they make their way back home.

"The holiday period road carnage has to stop and all road users must play their part by obeying the rules of the road."

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 CEO Gilberto Martins has also expressed concern.

"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.