Some 235 people lost their lives on South Africa’s roads during the Easter long weekend, according to the official preliminary road crash statistics released on Friday.This is an increase of 51 percent from the same period the previous year. The statistics were recorded from 13 to 17 April 2017.
“Our preliminary report shows that many people who died on our roads were victims of hit and run incidents, jaywalking or motorists who were driving at speeds that were too high for the circumstances.
“The report illustrates a new pattern in which crashes shifted from the identified historical hotspots into new routes and built-up areas at times that previously did not have a high number of crashes,” Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi said.
According to the minister, the statistics indicated that people who died on the roads this Easter were 50 percent passengers, followed by pedestrians at 24.5 percent, drivers at 19.8 percent and cyclists at
Transport deputy Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga attributed the high number of passenger deaths to the bus accident which killed 15 people, as well as the nine people killed in a crash in KwaZulu-Natal Province during the reporting period.