Eastern Cape leads Festive season road fatalities

DECEMBER 22, 2014

The Eastern Cape is currently leading other provinces when it comes to road fatalities this festive season, according to a report by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC). The report covered the first week of December.

Eastern Cape recorded (28), KwaZulu-Natal (20), North West (13), Free State (13), Western Cape (10), Gauteng (9), Mpumalanga (8), Limpopo (8) and Northern Cape (6) fatalities. A total of 115 fatalities have been recorded over the period.

"Having thoroughly studying the statistics, the Department of Transport together with roads agencies will once again go out and protect and serve the South African Community during this festive season – making South African roads safe," transport minister, Dipuo Peters said in a statement.

The department of transport says a number of interventions are in place to deal with crashes.

It says it will invoke Section 50 of the National Road Traffic Act.

"A National Traffic Operation Centre situated at the RTMC will monitor the implementation of the festive season national plan as submitted by the provinces, Metros and the different traffic authorities throughout the country," read the statement.