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Festive season: Over 1,000 die in road accidents

Since 1 December 924 crashes have claimed the lives of 1,143 people.

FILE: Six people died on 11 December when a 22-wheeler truck crashed through a road construction site on the R26 outside of Ladybrand in the Free State. Picture: EWN Traffic.

JOHANNESBURG - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says more than 1,000 people have died on the country's roads since the beginning of the festive season.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters is giving a briefing in Durban on the latest road death statistics.

The corporation says between 1 and 28 December there have been 924 crashes which claimed the lives of 1,143 people.

At the same time, traffic authorities are out on full force today across the country.

Gauteng Traffic's Obed Sibasa says road safety operations are being continuously stepped up.

"There will be road safety intervention on Moloto Road in Pretoria today. We urge all road users to please comply and adhere to the rules of the road."

GAUTENG DEATHS

The Community Safety Department said 137 people have died on Gauteng roads since the beginning of the month.

The majority of fatalities are pedestrians.

Peters last week revealed the death toll on South African roads had declined by 35 percent compared to the same period last year.

Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said efforts to bring the road death toll down seemed to be working.

CAPE TOWN FATALITIES

Meanwhile, traffic authorities in Cape Town say drunken pedestrians on busy highways are a growing concern.

Fourteen deaths were reported on Western Cape roads this past weekend.

Officials have identified a number of hotspots across the province in a bid to reduce road fatalities.