No change in festive season crash stats

Over 80 pedestrians have been killed in Gauteng and the Western Cape so far this month.

FILE: Over 80 pedestrians have been killed in Gauteng and the Western Cape since the beginning of the month. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The road carnage on South African roads continues with over 80 pedestrians being killed in Gauteng and the Western Cape alone.

This despite a decrease in traffic volumes on major routes this festive season.

The death toll in the Western Cape rose to 92 since the beginning of December, while 78 people died in Gauteng.

The Department of Transport says there has been no improvement in accident trends compared to the same period last year.

Department spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi says fatigue, unroadworthy vehicles and pedestrians are still a problem.

"The department along with transport agencies will go out to protect people this festive season."

The department says it expects volumes to increase from Boxing Day.


Traffic authorities say they are responding to more accidents in KwaZulu-Natal compared to anywhere else in the country.

In the latest accident, one person died and two others were seriously injured.

It's understood a vehicle rolled on Inanda Road in Waterfall.

One man did on the scene while another was airlifted to hospital.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Santi Steinmann says one person was treated on the scene.

On KwaZulu-Natal's south coast, two people were injured when a minibus taxi and a delivery van collided.

Steinmann says the taxi turned sideways on the road, obstructing traffic.

Police are investigating the crash.