14 dead on Ekurhuleni roads this season

2013-01-05 18:51

Johannesburg - Fourteen people have died on Ekurhuleni's road during the festive season, the municipality's disaster and emergency management service said on Saturday.

The worst accident happened in the early hours of December 15 when a VW Golf went off the road and slammed into a tree, killing six, said William Ntladi.

The Golf was travelling on the N3 south-bound at the Geldenhuis interchange at the time of the accident.

"[The] VW Golf carrying seven adults broke into two pieces after the impact leaving bodies lying... all over [the road] and at least one survived with serious injuries," Ntladi said.

He added that no major fires or natural disasters were reported.

However, there had been flooding in the southern part of the municipality with several houses flooded in the Katlehong area.

The festive season death toll on the nation's roads has risen to 1 300, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Saturday.

"Although these are not the official figures I can confirm that we have lost 1 300 people since the beginning of the festive season.

"At the moment 40 people die on our roads per day," said RTMC spokesperson Ashref Ismail.

He said the main causes for the road fatalities were excessive speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and walking while drunk.

"We need to change our mindset, we can't continue like this. We can't keep on losing 40 people per day. It costs the economy more than R300bn a year," said Ismail.

He urged road users to be patient and exercise caution as traffic volumes were expected to continue to increas on the country's major roads.

  • lee.brand.73 - 2013-01-05 19:28

    Sad but not excessive I guess. Subtract 6 from the 14 and you are left 8 for the rest. Quite low, but there are no major routes here other than the n12 and r21?

      zebedee.kok - 2013-01-06 09:30

      N12, N17, N3 , R59, R21

  • johannes.seanego.14 - 2013-01-05 20:01

    Y our law enforcement agencies being active only on long weekends n festive season only? Most of the tym we find them roaming around town y?

  • Quentin Du Preez - 2013-01-05 20:16

    maybe extreme solution, but i say: Ban alcahol totally. jack up on law enforcement. increase punishments to offenders (before they cause accidents) AND follow thru on prosecutions. the law is far too lenient because the consequences are minimal

      bless.boswell - 2013-01-05 21:02

      Quentin: the government will never ban alcohol. They love booze way too much to even consider it. They also make tremendous income from "sin tax" - so, sensible as your suggestion is, it ain't gonna happen!

  • Kombisa - 2013-01-05 20:20

    I am afraid seven adults in a VW Gold light motor vehicle, just the sound of it says that was a disaster waiting to happen. One would think that all the surveillance cameras in and around N12 and R21 are able to assist detect this blatant breach of the law long before they turn for the worse. The estimated total cost of Road Accident Claims is shocking to be modest.

      di.hingley - 2013-01-06 16:38

      There is no ways the driver of this car could have control of it at any time with the weight he was carrying, how sad so many died, it's a tragedy to lose even one person.

  • bless.boswell - 2013-01-05 20:58

    Perhaps the authorities should establish the causes of each and every fatal accident. Those that could have been avoided - by refraining from drinking, drugging, speeding, overloading, recklessness etc, should be punished extremely harshly - the guilty drivers should at the very least, lose their licenses and have their vehicles confiscated (what's left of them) and then of course, charged with murder. Each and every single one of the actions mentioned above could have been avoided - each and every one deliberate - making the outcome premeditated.

  • molaoa.lebohang - 2013-01-05 21:29

    I support that statement which said TRAFFIC COPS MUST STOP HIDDING THEMSELVES.

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