Road accidents claim 57 lives in a week

2010-03-23 10:37

FIFTY-SEVEN people died and scores were left injured in accidents

on South Africa’s roads over the last week, according to various paramedic and

police reports.

This toll comes ahead of expected higher traffic volumes over the

upcoming Easter weekend.

Amongst those killed was a Johannesburg metro police officer, a

seven-year-old girl, four Egyptian refugees and a high school student on his way

to protest at the “Jub Jub” murder trial.

The metro cop was killed when he was hit by a car on the N1 freeway

while trying to retrieve his colleague’s cap on Sunday.

The Grade 10 pupil was hit and killed by a truck on Thursday while

on his way to protest at the court case involving hip-hop artist Molemo “Jub

Jub” Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala.

On Wednesday evening, six people, including four Egyptian refugees,

were killed in a collision in the North West.

The seven-year-old girl killed in a crash in Hout Bay was one of 25

people who died last Monday.

The worst accident that day saw fifteen people killed and 21 others

seriously injured in an accident between two combis and a bakkie in Bothaville

in the Northern Free State.

Two separate accidents involving minibus taxis last Monday, saw

eight people killed and five injured in an accident on the Mabopane Highway near

Rosslyn; as well as one person killed and 16 injured when a taxi collided with a

bakkie on the N14 outside Pretoria.

Meanwhile, yesterday, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele called on

all South Africans to do their part in reducing deaths on the roads.

“All of us have no other option but to act individually and

collectively to stop this carnage on our roads.

“We can achieve this by simply obeying all road rules.”

Ndebele said that South Africans should commit to a decade of

action for road safety.

“We can do more to prevent road deaths from ravaging our

communities,” he said.

Road users can report bad driving on 0861-400-800.

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