‘Drivers need to start making smart choices’

The transport minister says she was particularly shocked by a taxi accident in Randfontein last week.

At least 15 people were killed in the Randfontein crash on the R4. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says drivers need to start changing their behaviour, remembering that they share the road with other people.

Peters today announced 237 people were killed in 179 collisions on the country's roads between Freedom Day and yesterday.

KwaZulu-Natal had the most accidents, followed by Gauteng and then Limpopo.

The minister says she was particularly shocked by the taxi accident in Randfontein, where 15 people were killed, and a collision in Limpopo in which nine people were killed, seven of them Wits students.

Peters says drivers need to start making smart choices.

"[The] attitude of the road users; the choices road users make on whether being drunk you would will get into a vehicle and drive or whether you will take a call or text while driving. That is a choice people make."

She says passengers also have a role to play.

"As a passenger, we have the responsibility to make sure the vehicle we get into is driven by someone with the necessary documentation, that's why it should be displayed on the windscreen."