Toll closes in on 1?000

2013-12-27 00:00

IT makes for grim reading and is a figure most South Africans would not want to acknowledge, but the festive season death toll is approaching 1 000.

More than 855 people have been killed in 713 fatal accidents across the country between December 1 and 22, 2013.

This figure already exceeds the number of deaths on SA roads from last year — the 800 death toll mark was passed on December 26, 2012.

This year, KwaZulu-Natal has the second highest number of deaths with 138 after Gauteng’s 148.

Last year between December 1, 2012 and Jan­uary 8, 2013, 1 465 people were reported to have been killed in 1 221 fatal accidents.

During the 2011/2012 festive season 1 771 people were killed.

On Sunday, Durban actor Boy Ngema was killed in a car accident.

KZN MEC for Arts, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha, expressed her heartfelt condolences to his family.

“We have lost such a talented artist who was inspirational to many young artists in the country. His untimely death is not only a loss to his family, but to the province and the country as a whole. Our hearts go to his family and the arts and culture fraternity during this difficult period,” she said.

Ngema acted in a string of local movies including short films 3 Cigarettes and Commando: Adrift on the Open Veld in 2008.

On Christmas Eve, two people were killed in an accident on the N2 north near Queen Nandi Drive.

Four people were also killed on Christmas eve, after a head-on collision invol­ving a taxi on Bridle Road in Kloof.

Yesterday, another man was in a critical condition after his vehicle rolled several times on the N2 north at Umbogintwini hill near Amanzimtoti.

Also, 13 people were injured after a taxi overturned on the M4 near Umdloti yesterday at around 3 pm.

In Pietermaritzburg, a man was killed and another sustained minor injuries in an accident in Slangspruit yesterday.

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