Weekend road deaths close to 30 around the country

Traffic authorities say they remain on high alert as Easter traffic volumes increase.

Johannesburg Metro Police Spokesperson Wayne Minnaar directs traffic during an Easter road safety operation in Alexandra, 31 March 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape traffic authorities say they remain on high alert as Easter traffic volumes continue to increase in that part of the country.

Officers have been deployed to various hotspots including Outshoorn, Mossel Bay and Hermanus.

17 people have been killed on roads in the Western Cape since the start of the long weekend.

Provincial Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says drunk and fatigued drivers remain among the biggest traffic offenders.

Meanwhile, in KwaZulu-Natal, a man has died and 19 were left injured in an accident on the M13 in KwaZulu-Natal after a minibus veered off the road and overturned.

Netcare 911 says five of those injuries are critical.

Paramedics treated the passengers on the scene and transported them to a nearby hospital.

Netcare 911's Chris Botha said, "When we arrived we found the whole road obstructed with wreckage and impaction debris with one person still trapped. Five other people sustained serious injuries, and were transported to various hospitals after treatment."

In a separate incident two people have been seriously injured after a bakkie they were travelling in was swallowed by a 10 meter sinkhole in Sheffield beach.

Botha says the vehicle was carrying four people and the injured have been taken to a nearby hospital.

He says the road will remain closed for a few days because of the size of the sinkhole.

"We had a call for a vehicle that was travelling with four occupants. The people went straight into the hole. Two were injured, we treated them on scene then transported them to nearby hospitals for further care."

The death toll around the country is believed to be close to 30 following several crashes since the start of the weekend.

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