Easter road carnage toll climbs to 103

There have been at least 80 serious crashes across the country since Thursday.

FILE: There have been 80 serious crashes across South Africa since the start of the Easter weekend. Picture: Stock.Xchng.

CAPE TOWN - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says at least 103 people have died on South Africa's roads this Easter long weekend.

There have been at least serious 80 crashes across the country since Thursday afternoon.

The Western Cape's provincial road death toll has risen to seven following an early morning accident near Touws River in which two people died.

The RTMC's Gilberto Martins has urged drivers to be cautious as thousands return from holiday across the country.

"The numbers are starting to pick up on our roads and certainly round about midday we will be getting large numbers particularly on our main corridors."

Meanwhile, at least seven people have lost their lives in Gauteng since the start of the Easter weekend.

Gauteng traffic police spokesperson Obed Sibasa says three pedestrians, three drivers and a four-year-old child have died.

"Preliminary statistics indicate Gauteng's roads have already claimed seven lives since the start of the Easter weekend until late yesterday."