South Africa Easter holiday road crashes led to 235 deaths, figures released by the Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday disclosed.
“According to the preliminary figures, 189 crashes were recorded, resulting in 235 fatalities nationwide,” the minister said.
Compared to 2019, “the number of crashes has been reduced by 2.1 per cent while fatalities have been reduced by 9.6 percent. This is despite the growth in population size and the vehicle population,” he said.
The minister said that 35% of those killed on the country’s roads over Easter were pedestrians.
2020 figures were not considered, as South Africa had imposed a strict lockdown at the time which restricted travel. Kwa-Zulu Natal recorded the highest number of fatalities, with 54 lives lost from 42 crashes. Gauteng came second with 30 crashes and 36 deaths.
The northern state of Limpopo recorded 27 crashes and 34 fatalities.
The Northern Cape province only saw 7 fatalities.
26 out of every 100,000 people in the country die in traffic accidents, far higher than the global average of 18 per 100,000.
Drunk driving, walking while drunk, crossing in freeways and jaywalking played a role in the killing of pedestrians, according to reports.
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