Road accidents in WC claim 6 lives

Among the deaths are two pedestrians who died in separate incidents in Observatory and Mitchell's Plain.

FILE: Kenny Africa says there three people were killed in a head on collision near Mossel Bay yesterday. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Six people have been killed on the Western Cape's road since the start of the weekend.

Among them are two pedestrians who died in separate incidents in Observatory and Mitchell's Plain.

Traffic chief, Kenny Africa says three people were killed in a head on collision near Mossel Bay yesterday.

"Late yesterday afternoon there was a head on collision and the two drivers died and one of the passengers died."

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said harsher laws must be put in place if government wants to deal adequately with drunk driving and speeding on the country's roads.

Latest figures released by the department showed that 80 percent of the crash fatalities in the past year involved adults and males between the ages of 19 and 34.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) report said more than 4,500 people died on South African roads.

The minister argued light passenger vehicles contributed the highest number of fatal crashes in the 2014/15 financial year, with the figure at 47 percent of all road deaths.

Minibus taxis were responsible for seven percent of road deaths.