- At least 47 people died in traffic accidents in KwaZulu-Natal, 30 road users were killed on Gauteng’s roads, 21 died in Western Cape, and Seven people died in accidents in the Eastern Cape.
- Many drivers were arrested for a range of crimes, including drunk driving and speeding.
- In Western Cape, more than 32,000 vehicles were on the road during curfew hours.
At least 105 people died in traffic accidents in four provinces during the long Easter weekend.
According to traffic officials, 47 of the total deaths died on the KwaZulu-Natal roads, 30 road users died in Gauteng, 21 occurred on the Western Cape roads, and seven people died in accidents in the Eastern Cape.
As vacationers return home after the long Easter holidays, traffic officers across the country prepared themselves for the increase in traffic volume on Monday.
In addition to the 30 deaths in Gauteng, 40 drivers were arrested for a number of crimes, including drunk driving. Most of the perpetrators were caught in Carletonville, West Rand. Most of the deaths occurred as a result of drunk driving on major highways, unsafe overtaking, acceleration, overloading, and red light crossing.
The main roads and highways to Gauteng were heavily jammed on Monday.
“Gauteng traffic police, together with various traffic officials, will continue to carry out various road safety operations across the province to save the lives of road users as Easter weekend ends,” said Sello, a Gauteng traffic police spokesperson. Maremane
Maremane added that the activities are expected to reduce traffic accidents within the province.
“Police will continue to appear on Gauteng main highways and patrols will be intensified to ensure road users comply with road rules. Finally, drivers are encouraged to be alert, patient and obey road safety rules and regulations,” Maremane added.
Eleven people suffered injuries ranging from minor to serious injuries after they were involved in an accident in Sandown, Johannesburg, early Sunday, according to Netcare 911. Victims were stabilized before being admitted to hospital.
Traffic officers at Western Cape were put on high alert as traffic volumes on the state’s roads increased.
More than 350,000 vehicles passed through the Western Cape’s main routes N1, N2, N7 and R27.
Jandrè Bakker, spokesperson for the Western Cape transportation department, said unconfirmed reports suggest that there were 21 deaths in the state over the long weekend, and six people occurred on state roads.
Bakker said 74,000 vehicles passed these routes on Sunday alone.
Bakker added that nearly 9000 vehicles were counted on the roads on Monday morning.
“We remind road users that the curfew is still in effect and we are concerned about vehicles traveling during curfew hours,” Bakker said.
Bakker said more than 32,000 vehicles traveled on the roads of the Western Cape during the weekend curfew hours.
We are on the way and we will not hesitate to stop you, we punish you and ask you to wait until the curfew hours are up to continue your journey.
KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Peggy Nkonyeni said 47 people were killed on the provincial roads between April 1-4.
He added that 111 drivers were arrested for various crimes such as drunk driving and speeding.
Speaking at a barricade in Mariannhill Toll Plaza, Nkonyeni described this behavior as unacceptable.
Among those involved in the crashes is a motorcyclist and passenger who died after a head-on collision with a bakkie.
Netcare 911 said the accident occurred on Sunday at 13.16 at Natal Crushers Mhlabunzima Road near Pietermaritzburg.
Spokesperson Shawn Herbst said the motorcycle passenger, an adult woman, was seriously injured and was treated on the spot before being taken to the hospital where he died of his injuries.
Meanwhile, seven people died in traffic accidents in the Eastern Cape on Sunday night, while four were injured in the accidents.
Unathi Binqose, spokesperson for the Eastern Cape transportation department, said the biggest crash occurred on the N6 highway near Penhoek Pass between Komani and Jamestown.
The crash occurred at around 22.30 on Sunday, when a Kia SUV with five passengers came from Komani direction and collided with Isuzu with a passenger.
Four of the five passengers in the SUV were declared dead at the scene, and the fifth passenger, a 9-year-old child, was seriously injured.
The truck driver was slightly injured,
In another accident in the state, two people were crushed to death during a three-car accident in Gqeberha. Binqose said the cars, a VW Polo sedan with three passengers, a Honda ballad with two passengers, and a Ford Ranger with a female passenger, collided at a busy intersection around 22:45.
While it was announced that three passengers, two men and one woman, died on the spot in VW Polo, two from Honda and one from Ford Ranger were seriously injured.
Binqose said the injured were taken to St Georges hospital for further medical assistance.
He said criminal murder cases were filed for each of the events.