Zuma: Cooperation, respect can prevent carnage on SA’s roads

The president has thanked officials who worked through the festive season & ensured nationwide visibility.

FILE. At least 15 people were killed in a crash involving a taxi and a truck on the R28 near Westonaria. Picture: Arrive Alive ‏@_ArriveAlive.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says cooperation and respect is needed from every road user to prevent carnage on South Africa's roads.

The president has also thanked officials who worked through the festive season, including police officers who ensured nationwide visibility through Operation Fiela.

At the same time, Gauteng traffic police say the preliminary results from an agency set up to monitor crashes shows more accidents are happening in informal settlements and townships.

Authorities have been conducting roadblocks since yesterday morning as thousands of motorists made their way back into the province.

Authorities say over 2,000 cars were recorded per hour through the N3 and N1 toll plazas yesterday.

Spokesperson Obed Sibasa says, "We will continue with our road blocks. We've picked up from our multi-agency team that accidents have migrated from freeways to townships, hence the township law enforcement plan."

His office says more than 80 pedestrians have also lost their lives on the province's roads since the start of the festive season.