1 582 killed on SA roads over festive season

2010-01-26 13:28

There were 1?582 road accident deaths over the festive season,

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said today.

KwaZulu-Natal recorded the highest death toll with 298 people

killed while the Northern Cape recorded the lowest with 66 deaths, Ndebele said

at the release of the statistics in Pretoria.

There had been 1?247 vehicle crashes over the period which was a

slight decrease over the previous year. However “the decrease is so minimal” it

didn’t warrant mentioning.

“It’s no particular age group who drives badly on the roads, it’s


Ndebele said no major road accidents had been reported during last

year’s Confederations Cup.

“However it is important to contrast that behaviour [of driving]

during soccer events to [that of the festive season]. Our behaviour on the road

is not expressive of a free democratic people.”

Drivers tended to believe they were the only ones on the road and

ignored fellow motorists and pedestrians.

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