19 road deaths at start of Easter
Johannesburg - Paramedics reported that at
least 19 people died on South Africa's roads since the start of the Easter
holidays on Friday.
In an accident on the N4 near Ngodwana in
Mpumalanga 11 people died when two minibus taxis collided head-on on Friday
morning just after midnight.
In the Eastern Cape a two-month-old baby and
man died in a head-on collision outside Uitenhage in the early hours of Friday
A 23-year-old man died in an accident at
around 06:30 outside Butterworth in the Eastern Cape.
In Gauteng one person died and eight others
were injured on the province's R82 road near Walkerville, when a taxi collided
head-on with a bakkie at 07:00.
Another man died when a taxi and a car
collided head-on, along Moloto Road in Pretoria.
Two men died when the bakkie they were travelling
in crashed into a tree in Willowmore, Johannesburg on Friday at 19:00.
And in the Free State a 13-year-old boy was
killed in a collision on the N3 near Warden, while his parents sustained minor
Acting chief executive officer of the Road
Traffic Management Corporation, Collins Letsoalo, said on Tuesday authorities
would be stationed along the major routes and identified hazardous locations to
ensure that traffic rules and regulation were obeyed.
"This on-going, hard hitting traffic
enforcement is part of the clean-up for Easter and beyond. We want to make sure
that people understand that road safety begins with the road user. We cannot
continue to accept that people waiting to board public transport have a 50-50%
chance of arriving safely."
He urged motorists to take regular breaks and
make the journey part of the holiday.