Road traffic victims remembered

WC Transport MEC Donald Grant says more than 17,000 people are killed in South Africa annually.

Several cars were involved in a massive accident after truck lost control and crashed into other cars on the N12 East at Voortrekker in Alberton on 14 October 2014. Picture: EWN Traffic

CAPE TOWN - Today marks Annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

Research suggests nearly 1.4 million people will have been killed on the world's roads by the end of the year.

It's also been reported road deaths have already surpassed malaria as a world killer.

Western Cape Transport MEC Donald Grant says South Africa has one of the poorer road safety records.

He says more than 17,000 people are killed on the country's roads per annum.

"Sadly South Africa is contributing more than its fair share to these numbers as we have one of the poorer world safety records in the world with more than 17,000 people killed each year."