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Most fatal crashes in KZN

A total of 677 people have died on the country's roads since the start of December.

FILE: Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Most Fatal Crashes this festive season have occurred in KwaZulu-Natal, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Wednesday.

The Northern Cape has seen the fewest deadly road collisions.

The Transport Department says the national death toll declined by 35 percent, compared to the same period last year.

A total of 677 people died on South African roads since the start of the festive season.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says light motor vehicles are responsible for almost half of serious crashes so far.

"Passengers are mostly affected followed by pedestrians. The two respectively account for 37 percent and 35 percent of road fatalities."

Meanwhile, Cape Town law enforcement agencies are bracing themselves for a busy few days on the roads and beaches.

Metro police will be keeping a close watch on roads and other public areas.

The council's JP Smith says road safety campaigns will be stepped up.

"The city is appealing to people to ensure that they don't drink and drive during these festive times. We want this to be a time of celebration, not a time of mourning for people."

Almost 4,000 bottles of booze were confiscated on the city's beaches since the start of December.