237 people died on SA’s roads within four days.
Dipuo Peters, the Transport Minister disclosed this while she was speaking in Pretoria today. According to her, 179 fatal collisions were recorded on SA’s roads within 29 April to 2 May, and the collisions caused 237 fatalities.
According to records, there’s an increase of 106 fatalities compared to the same period last year. BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that four of the major collisions claimed the lives of about 30 people throughout the country.
15 people died in Gauteng’s Randfontein when a truck collided with a minibus taxi, another five died when an SUV crashed into a sedan in George, Western Cape.
Also, nine person died after a minibus crashed into a trailer, near Nylplaza in Mokopane, Limpopo; just as one person died in a multiple car collision involving four cars in the Eastern Cape.
Conveying her condolences to families and friends who lost loved ones in the collisions, Peters asserted that “this past long weekend was one of the saddest moments in the history of our country with many lives lost on the roads and scores injured.”
She remarked that “the most worrying are the causes of these major crashes which include drunk driving, overtaking when it is unsafe to do so, reckless and negligent driving (and) speeding.
Informed by the ever escalating road carnages, I urge the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) to move with urgency and unprecedented speed to conclude engagements with the Department of Justice and Correctional Services as well as the National Prosecuting Authority to reschedule traffic offences with a view of introducing mandatory minimum sentences,” she added.
Also, the Minister instructed the RTMC to hasten the process of establishing the Traffic Law Enforcement Review Committee to deal with the determination of norms and standards for the traffic law enforcement fraternity and integration of all traffic law enforcers.
According to the Minister, nominating the Traffic Law Enforcement Review Committee will be widely publicized in order to ensure the recruiting people with appropriate and relevant skills.
“The intensified collaboration and engagement between the Department of Public Service Administration, the RTMC, provincial governments and labor formations will pave the way for the introduction of a 24/7 work shift within the traffic law enforcement fraternity ensuring the availability of officers on the road at all material times,” she said.