25 die in Easter road accidents

Authorities say the Free State and Limpopo have the highest reported numbers of deaths.

The RTMC says 25 people have died on South Africa's roads since the start of the Easter weekend. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says 25 people have died and around 34 people have been injured on the country's roads since the start of the long weekend.

In the latest incident, a four-year-old-boy died in a collision at the intersection of Voortrekker and Chelsea Roads in Roodepoort this afternoon.

Authorities say the Free State and Limpopo provinces currently have the highest reported numbers of road carnage.

Eight people were killed when the vehicle they were in caught alight in Limpopo yesterday.

In the Free State, 10 people died and five were critically injured in a collision between a truck and a taxi on the R707 yesterday.

Five people were killed in a collision near Greytown in KwaZulu-Natal earlier today after a mini bus rolled down a steep embankment earlier today.Nine others were seriously injured and taken to hospital for further treatment.

The RTMC's Thato Mosena says investigative teams will be sent to the accident scenes.

"The teams aren't limited to determining the cause of the accidents but will also come up with proposed interventions to ensure the prevention of further occurrence."

Meanwhile, Gauteng traffic police are reporting volumes of over 1000 cars an hour crossing through toll gates on the N1,N3 and N4.

Officials say they expect traffic volumes to increase after 3pm today when more motorists will be making their way out of the province.

Authorities say over 1200 vehicles are currently crossing the Carousel Toll Plaza between Gauteng and Limpopo.

Over 50,000 members of the Zion Christian Church are expected to make their way from Gauteng to the Moria pilgrimage site outside Polokwane.