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Fatal crashes reduced by 3% over 2019 festive season - Mbalula

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula released the 2019/20 festive season road safety report on Thursday.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula gives the 2019/2020 festive season road safety report in Pretoria on 23 January 2020. Picture: Kgomotso Modise/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The number of fatal crashes over the 2019 festive season were reduced by 3% in comparison to 2018, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula revealed while releasing the 2019/20 festive season road safety report on Thursday.

According to the report, there were 1,390 fatalities recorded in 2019/2020 in comparison to the 2018/19 figure of 1,438.

Pedestrians accounted for 40% of the deaths, passengers 34%, drivers 25% and cyclists 1%.

The Free State recorded the biggest drop in fatalities (a 35% decline), with 111 people dying on the province's roads. Across the rest of the provinces Mpumalanga recorded a 23% decline with 144 deaths, the Western Cape saw a 19% decline with 136 deaths, the North West saw a 16% decline and recorded 110 deaths.

KwaZulu-Natal recorded the most deaths with 354 fatalities and saw a 5% decrease from 2018. Gauteng recorded the second most deaths with 254 fatalities, while there were 242 deaths in the Eastern cape and 217 fatalities in Limpopo.