Close to 6,000 unlicenced motorists caught in WC roads this festive

Officials say close to 6,000 drivers were caught on the province’s roads driving without a licence.

FILE: A Cape Town Traffic Services official issues a fine to a driver caught using her cellphone behind the wheel in July 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Traffic officials in the Western Cape are concerned by the high number of motorists who are driving without a driver's licence.

Since the beginning of December, close to 6,000 drivers were caught on the province's roads driving without a licence.

Western Cape traffic Chief Kenny Africa says there are far too many people driving illegally.

"What is worrying to us is that 5807 drivers was unlicenced, those drivers were driving vehicles were not in a possession of a driving licence."

Africa says some drivers were arrested for being in possesion of fake driver's licences and permits.

"We also had false documentation, drivers being in possession of false driving documentation, 24 of those drivers were also arrested during December."

Africa says there are far too many lawless drivers on the roads.

"One of the reason why so many people died on our roads this year is due to the fact that our motorists are bad, they need to change their attitude and behaviour on our roads. People can't just go on overtaking other vehicles where it's not safe to do so."