1 376 die on SA roads over festive season

2014-01-09 11:11

Pretoria - A total of 1 376 people were killed on South Africa's roads during the festive season, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said in Pretoria on Thursday.

She was releasing the preliminary festive season road death statistics for the period 1 December 2013 to 7 January 2014.

"For the period under review, there were 1 147 crashes nationally with 1 376 fatalities," she said.

"It should be understood that these are preliminary figures. It is with a great sense of duty and accountability for us as the transport sector to release to the South African public statistics on road crashes and the impact that the crashes have."

Gauteng recorded 223 crashes which resulted in 268 fatalities, while KwaZulu-Natal had 237 crashes and the highest number of fatalities, 284.

Limpopo had 112 crashes with 134 fatalities, the Eastern Cape 158 accidents with 190 fatalities, and the Free State 101 accidents and 121 fatalities.

In the Western Cape, 95 crashes resulted in 114 fatalities, the North West had 73 crashes and 88 fatalities, and Mpumalanga had 112 accidents and 134 fatalities.

The Northern Cape had 36 crashes which resulted in 43 fatalities.

The death toll was earlier reported as 1 276. Peters said this was due to a typing error in the statement prepared for her by officials.

  • kalabafazi - 2014-01-09 11:14

    I don't think this many people died in the same time period in war torn Syria. This number of dead is shocking. Can we still be calling this the "Festive Season"

      Sthembiso Jali - 2014-01-09 11:21

      It's more like a death season

      Arthur Tarr - 2014-01-09 11:25

      YEs... And Jacob Zuma Will ad this number to His "Job creation" Statistics.

      Eterni80 - 2014-01-09 11:51

      this is a totally random comment about nothing at all - I want to see if the brain donors at news24 delete it like they did my last comment.

      jeremy thorpe - 2014-01-09 12:06

      Brian McCloy makes a valid point. The "Festive" season road death figures are supposed to run to January 13th not the 7th, so the actual toll will almost certainly be much higher. The only reason the ANC is releasing the figures now is because it's frightened that the actual final figure will be among the highest yet - and will show the ANC to have done absolutely nothing to reduce the road death toll!

      Linds Ron-House - 2014-01-09 12:40

      @Bryan, it must have been N24's mistake which must also have been corrected because I don't see what you're talking about in the article. @Jeremy, most drivers are adults. It is really childish to expect the government to stop people from drinking and driving; violating speed limits; driving recklessly; etc. People must obey the rules of the road. Period. This BANCE (Blame the ANC for Everything) syndrome is really getting tired. Fortunately the syndrome is acquired, not genetic.

      Linds Ron-House - 2014-01-09 13:39

      @Cynical, your thinking is really old. You think like the type who commits murder and say "I heard voices in my head." Road safety starts with you and me, not government. I see people breaking the rules on a daily basis, often with kids in the car. As parents we must teach our kids (future driver) about road safety. Schools must get involved (my kids' school does have a road rip safety programme), civil society must stand up. Many employers in SA have wellness programmes, they can incorporate road safety in such programmes. The point is there are many interventions, and waiting for or blaming government is not one of them. If educated and civilized people wait for government, then we are no different from illiterate people who wait for government to build them houses, toilets, "give" them jobs, etc. Wake up people. What ever happened to active citizenry?

      NickvanGraan - 2014-01-09 13:49

      As with every year, this is an average month for deaths on SA roads if not slightly below. For some reason it has fallen into the Christmas news cycle because the media have nothing else to report on and government officials are forced to comment. Some months during the year the death toll is far higher than this but it is not news worthy as this cycle of reporting is over for another year.

      Peter Ryder - 2014-01-09 14:07

      @ Linds - it's called complete lack of visible policing !!! Yes that = cANCer problem - anarchy starts where the rule of law is lacking.

      Linds Ron-House - 2014-01-09 14:44

      @Peter, visible policing is not the only solution. At a look at crime in general, and murder specifically. Up to 80% of murders in South Africa are committed by people know to their victims. Spouses, couples, friends family members killing each other. This clearly shows that we are dealing with a social problem rather than a criminal one. As such no amount of policing would help. For example visible policing for Reeva Steenkamp would have meant planting a policing officer in Pistorius' house. Most rape victims are also violated by people they know, sometimes very close to them. Police cannot protect them. You just cannot use police to correct social ills. It will not work.

      OzzyInSA - 2014-01-09 15:51

      Linds, effective policing and government action does work. Fines are too lenient in this country. The Licensing Department reeks of corruption. The is a long list of the issues. In Australia, the government took a tough stance on rule breaking motorists (for example the lowest fine is for not wearing a seat belt and that is R1000). In addition fines and demerit points (what happened to the introduction of that in SA?) are doubled over holiday periods. Also, the government started showing hard-hitting advertisements. The results? Only 25 killed on the roads during the holiday season. The national road toll is now less than 25% of what it was 10 years ago.

      Linds Ron-House - 2014-01-09 16:27

      @Ozzy, I don't not disagree with you. However, you cannot compare Australia with SA. The psyche (for lack of a better word) is very different. South Africa has even started charging reckless drivers with murder instead of culpable homicide. Murderers and rapists get life. Our prisons are filled to the brim. So people to get arrested and convicted for their crimes. The death penalty in Australia was also abolished a long time ago, but the murder rate is not the same as ours. My point is that we need to sort out social problems and our national psyche. This is not to say visible and effective policing is not necessary. There are places where people ieave their cars unlocked, their bicycles on the road and even their house unlocked, even without police in every street corner.

      Linds Ron-House - 2014-01-09 16:31

      @Ozzy, maybe traffic fines should depend on the person's income and financial status so that a fine can prejudice the person who committed an offense. Remember Lolly Jackson? He would just easily pay over R40,000 for speeding and walk out. It was nothing to him.

      OzzyInSA - 2014-01-10 00:20

      Linds, not sure where you are going here. I will take your point on the National psyche, though. I really believe that in South Africa the value of life is zero. If you get hijacked or robbed you will be killed so you cannot identify the perpetrator in a line up. So the hijacker gets R500 for the car and has left a family without a Father/Mother/Sister/Brother, etc. And that is the problem with this country. You see it on the roads. People do not care about others. Just themselves. As for Lolly, a R40k fine is $4,000 in Australia. This is nothing. As I said, if you are serious that breaking road rules is a crime, you hit them where it hurts. License suspension, jail, plus the fine. Not just the fine alone. If people can't afford the fine, they go to jail. It is simple. Forget what they earn. What about the cost they cause. The damage, the cost of life, the injuries? You people here are far too soft. And that is why 14,000 a year die on the roads per year in SA compared to around 600 in Australia.

      Iain McIntosh - 2014-01-10 10:35

      I have to side with Linds on a number of points here. Yes real policing and convictions [not fines for speeding] are key with points system etc. Yes the government has a role to play but ultimately it does start with each citizen. I am car driver and cyclist and the way people drive without any care for each other on our roads is mind numbing. Attitude / agression etc we all have to take responsibility for this not just 'the government'. Please guys we all have a role to act more responsibly on the roads.

  • Sipho Friek Van Tonder - 2014-01-09 11:14

    introduce new testing methods for existing and new license applicants.

      Babesia Bovis - 2014-01-09 11:24

      Police the roads and apply the law. Traffics cops focus too much on sitting next to the roads, they should also drive/patrol the roads in order to control HOW people are driving. Keep pedestrians off the roads. Better upkeep of the roads. Just do the basics right and the improvement will be significant.

  • Magda Henning Human - 2014-01-09 11:14

    1 Dec 2013 to 13 Jan 2014. Hey poooooeeepholll it's only the 9th January today.

      Wendy Manamela - 2014-01-09 11:19

      Hahaha Lol Magda, I had to go back twice to check the dates. Ai Dipuo, she's still in a daze!!

      Dwain Trollip - 2014-01-09 11:47

      Its preliminary results so far.

      Wendy Manamela - 2014-01-09 12:01

      Saw that News 24 changed and corrected the dates..good girl Magda!

  • pws69 - 2014-01-09 11:15

    To put this in perspective, Australia had 1200 for the entire year of 2013. Eish

      Gluteus Maximus - 2014-01-09 11:19

      Yes and they have more road users.

      Dave Elmore - 2014-01-09 11:27

      @ ws69...Foxie has changed his name to Bongani

      Sol Oni Solethu Mzimane - 2014-01-09 12:03

      Interesting but what kind of deaths?

      Hayley Fredericks - 2014-01-09 12:36

      @Bongani - such a mature comment !!

      pws69 - 2014-01-09 12:50

      @Bongani, get a life. @Sol. The article just said road deaths, so could include pedestrians cyclists etc. It is still quite high, i.e. much higher than New Zealand, which is at 256. Unfortunately for us our stats are high because of taxi accidents. Be interesting to compare the number of accidents. i.e. we might find our ratio of deaths per accident is much higher, accounting for the higher number.

      Titus Madiba - 2014-01-09 13:00

      This is Africa these stats are probably some of the lowest in the continent.

  • Princess Muchekwa - 2014-01-09 11:15

    Poor reporting news 24,only some few lines is dat all u cn say

  • Akash Singh - 2014-01-09 11:17

    News24 - today is 9 Jan.....

  • moles - 2014-01-09 11:23

    Its Zuma`s faulty i guess .

  • Tebatso 'Alpha-male' Menziwa - 2014-01-09 11:26

    1276 people? What the hell

  • Vicky John - 2014-01-09 11:27

    There is a feeling of apathy towards the rules of the road, and this feeling is enhanced by poorly policed roads. If the traffic cops were better trained and equipped and monitored, and if they enforced road compliance 365 days a year, there would be no year end death toll to announce. So, Ms Peters - get that lot organized. Get off your fat and lazy and ensure that your personnel do their jobs. Always, and with integrity. Oh sorry, that's not something you have the faintest awareness of. So the carnage can continue.

  • Alta Steyn - 2014-01-09 11:27

    This is really sad. But it goes to show how lawless our roads are. Trucks can drive anywhere and however they please. Taxis think they are invisible. People speed at will, they drink and drive. Where is the law on the roads Peters? The roads are of no value, no matter how much you upgrade it and threaten people with your etoll antics. Why should we pay etolls for unsafe roads? It does not make sense. This number of deaths should actually tell you something, but no, the N24 article is as short as you memory span or your vocabulary when it comes to fairness . . .

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  • Isabel de Faria - 2014-01-09 11:33

    Shocking stats too many people die every December. The arrive alive campaign is not working at all. What now ?

  • brettinlux - 2014-01-09 11:33

    This is only people that died at the scene of the accident.It's much higher when you take into account DOA (Dead on arrival) and those that died later in hospitals.

  • Werner Nel - 2014-01-09 11:36

    How many people die in other months? Give us those stats please!

      jeremy thorpe - 2014-01-09 12:13

      You make a good point. Given that the annual road death toll is about 15 000, then 1 200 per month is exactly normal. But 15 000 is way too high and the government seems incapable of doing anything about it......

  • Wollie Wolmerans - 2014-01-09 11:39

    Little said on such a huge issue

  • Cathy Evelyne Bennetts - 2014-01-09 11:40

    Very Tragic,but I also feel the state of the roads probably contributed, you pay toll fees but there are still potholes and a patch here and a patch there, our roads are shocking in this country

  • Makhosonke Mqikela - 2014-01-09 11:42

    Mmmmmm... Are you proud of those stats Ms Minister?

      Siyabonga Biyela - 2014-01-09 12:11

      We break road rules, kill each other and blame the minister...very logical

  • Melusi Mo - 2014-01-09 11:49

    How many people die per year? I'm sure it's shocking

  • Justin Jooste - 2014-01-09 11:52

    :(, Sad when we have the technology to avoid it...

  • Richard Young - 2014-01-09 11:55

    How many of those involve a taxi ?

      KevinKing - 2014-01-09 13:06

      Statistically you stand 6 - 7 times more chance of dying in a taxi than in a standard passenger sedan.

  • Steve Ritchie - 2014-01-09 12:02

    1276 too many. This has been going on for as long as I can remember. Very sad indeed that our roads are infested with such lawlessness, impatience and aggressive motorists. We are preached to by various authorities year in and year out. Seems to fall upon deaf ears. Looks like the authorities are going to have to get some serious law enforcement in place to try and put the brakes on this carnage. Cant always point fingers at the authorities as all drivers can assist by simply obeying the traffic laws. Seems like a free for all out there at the moment and getting worse.

      Siyabonga Biyela - 2014-01-09 12:25

      Monthly statistics are not that different from the December holidays. We are looking at more than 14 000 deaths on our roads annually. Horrific figures right there

  • Nick Andrews - 2014-01-09 12:22

    Why did the amount change? Did an extra hundred die in the last hour?

      Bra Pi Thami - 2014-01-09 13:02

      so do i notice this sudden change bt i thought the 1st count ws wrong!!

  • Susan Wright - 2014-01-09 12:32

    Can we please have the road death statistics for every other month in the year? I am sure that this figure is not that shocking when put into perspective with other months.Although every road death is totally horrific.

  • Bra Pi Thami - 2014-01-09 12:57

    Surely arrive alive in not working so as e-tolls,our goverment needs find ways to curb the situation.....the number is too high even one is a lot!!!

  • Stefan Van Der Spuy - 2014-01-09 13:07

    Fact of the matter is that for some reason South Africans are of the worst, most aggressive and reckless drivers in the world. Add to that some unique South Africa-attributes like the taxi system, the state of some of our roads, and yes, there is not too much any government can do about the road carnage. For sure, they can stop focusing on speed only and conduct more roadworthy checks, but these bad stats have been with us for many years, even pre-1994.

  • Sicelo Fayo - 2014-01-09 13:22

    The best action government can take is to ban private transport including privately owned taxis during the festive season and order everyone travelling onto buses, trains and planes and let's see! I mean, seeing we are so childish as to expert "government" or better still, the "ANC" to manage our behavior on the roads, we may as well go all the way and allow it to treat us like the morons we choose to be!

  • John Stoltz - 2014-01-09 13:30

    Minister Peters, why dont you stop all these superfluous road safety campaigns next year and rather assist the families left behind with the associated expenditure ? Your safety plans do not work, and the rest of the money could go to private law enforcement agencies to implement the road ordonances, since your own officers are only out to make a quick buck !!

  • Norman Makhado - 2014-01-09 13:48

    If we also include those who were shot, stabbed, etc.... except road accidents, more than 5000 people might have died across SA during festive season...

  • grinningfish - 2014-01-09 13:53

    I'm absolutely astonished at these numbers.. Here is Australia the media goes berserk if the National Road Toll reaches 100 during this period. The yearly Road Death Toll here is around the same number as the SA festive season. I believe the SA Government should be investing in a road safety campaign that focuses on reducing these ridiculously high figures! It's better to be late than dead on time!

  • Bradley Guy - 2014-01-09 14:01

    considering how many thousands were on the roads this is less than 1% statistically this is very good, and compared to other months Feb has more deaths because of the rains.

  • Mageba - 2014-01-09 14:17

    What is our fascination with the death toll statistic anyway since nothing of consequence is done to curb road deaths year after year! Seems sadistic to me

  • Barend van Eeden - 2014-01-09 14:19

    Why do they only give numbers in the festive season i believe other months it can be higher because people die every day on our roads

  • potevan - 2014-01-09 15:04

    So how does these numbers for the "festive season" differ from any other "normal month"...would be interesting to see if there is any significant difference....

  • Ebrahim Allie - 2014-01-09 15:11

    Most road accidents occur because of driver error. Only about 3% of accidents are caused by drunk drivers. The rest are caused by negligence. No one is too blame for these figures except us, the South African road users. It the fault of the person who drives when they are tired, who is driving 120km an hour but dares to take their eye off the road so they can change a song on the radio, or to fight with the kids in the back seat, or to text, or to find that thing that just fell under the seat. Yes sometimes it's failed brakes and tyre bursts, but those are are fewer than accidents caused by human error I honestly don't get this yearly anxiety attack about the road deaths during the holiday season. Where is is written that people aren't supposed to die over the Christmas period? If nothing has changed to stop this many road accidents during the rest of the year, why would or should it be miraculously better over the holiday period when there are even more people taking long journeys?

  • Pete Bower - 2014-01-09 16:07

    And remember, that's people KILLED, and does not include those maimed irrevocably, and those injured but who will yet recover. Absolutely horrific.

  • Wouter Joubert - 2014-01-09 16:26

    how about giving us stats for Feb through to November so that we can do a comparison month on month

  • Barry Pointeer - 2014-01-10 05:18

    have you seen the idiots running across the highways??? exactly what they do in other African countries .Lawlesness- And that's the way SA is headed.

  • TARServices - 2014-01-10 21:05

    This, like we say every year is unacceptable. All the remedied schemes they have come up with so far is not working. It is time that real experts are consulted to come up with a combined effort to stop this road carnage.

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