230 die in road accidents over long weekend

BY ASAVELA FEKEMA - MAY 4, 2016

Since the beginning of the long weekend, that included Freedom Day and Workers Day, two hundred and thirty people lost their lives on South African roads.

According to Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, drunk and driving, speeding, reckless and negligent driving as well as overtaking remained the major cause of the accidents.

This year’s fatalities have risen to more than 40%. According to the Minister, the three provinces, Limpopo, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal are the leading pack with 133 accidents combined.

“In 2015, we had 130 fatal crashes and 131 fatalities as opposed to the current figures experienced over the past weekend. By any measure of standards, we are unanimous that increase of 106 fatalities is a cause for concern,” she said.

Peters has sent her condolences to the more than 179 families, who lost their loved ones in the past week. She said she was touched by the crashes that took the lives of 30 people over the weekend.

Four major collisions were among the most tragic events in the history of South Africa.

“I was horrified by the four major collisions that claimed about 30 lives throughout the country. The crashes happened in Gauteng, Western Cape, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape,” says Peters.

Road Accident Fund Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eugene Watson said, the state will help and support all the victims of car crashes and the families, who have lost their loved ones throughout the weekend.

 “We will provide support for the families with funeral cost-including repatriation if the victim is not South African, we provide medical services and we then provide income support for payment incurred in terms of loss of earning, ” said Watson.

The Road Accident fund urged all families that lost their loved ones to contact their offices for assistance.