More Easter weekend road carnage

Over 25 people have been killed on SA's roads since the start of the Easter weekend.

FILE: Over 25 people have been killed on SA's roads since the start of the Easter weekend. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - A couple and their one-year-old son have been killed in an accident on the N8 in Bloemfontein.

Paramedics say a car and bakkie collided head on last night, leaving four other people including a 13-year-old injured.

The cause of the accident is not yet clear.

Meanwhile, three people including a child have been seriously injured near the N12 in Diepkloof, south of Johannesburg.

Paramedics say a bakkie overturned last night.

ER24's Werner Vermaak says a mother and her one-year-old child are in a critical condition in hospital.

On Friday a four-year-old-boy died in a collision at the intersection of Voortrekker and Chelsea Roads in Roodepoort.

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

A motorcyclist died in Durban yesterday after his bike collided with a car.

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

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

Over 25 people have been killed on SA's roads since the start of the Easter weekend.


The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says investigative teams will begin formulating ways to decrease the number of crashes reported in high accident zones.

Routes like Punda Maria Road in Limpopo and the N3 between Johannesburg and Durban have been identified as problematic.

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

The RTMC says teams will be sent to major accident sites over the next few days to identify the common causes of accidents on these routes.

The corporation has also sent its condolences to the families of those who have been killed on the country's roads since Thursday.

RTMC spokesperson Thato Mosena says, "We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and also wish a speedy recovery to those who sustained injuries."

Meanwhile the Western Cape Traffic Department says its no-nonsense approach towards drunk driving will continue throughout the Easter long weekend.

19 people have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Traffic chief Kenny Africa says of the three fatalities reported, two involved motorcyclists.

"The motorcyclist in the Milnerton area lost control and died in an accident. Earlier this morning another motorcyclist crashed and died on the R300 towards the N1."