800 die on roads so far this December

2011-12-26 17:57

Johannesburg - Approximately 800 people have died since the beginning of December on South Africa's roads over the festive season in December, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RMTC) said on Monday.

Spokesperson Ashref Ismail said the RMTC counts the festive season as beginning on December 1 until January 11, with the current toll over 800 deaths.

Meanwhile, ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said sixteen people lost their lives over the Christmas weekend in accidents attended to by the paramedic service.

She said the service attended to nearly 200 accidents over the weekend.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, two men were killed and another critically injured after a bakkie crashed into a tree in Krugersdorp.

Saturday evening saw a spate of accidents.

Two people were killed, including a four-year-old child, and 13 others injured after a taxi crashed into a concrete barrier at the Jan Smuts turn-off from the M1 in Johannesburg on Saturday night.

In Kempton Park, a woman died after a head-on collision. On the R42 in eastern Johannesburg, a man was killed and two others injured after a bakkie rolled. One woman was killed and a passenger seriously injured after a motorbike crashed into a lamp post and wall in Bloemfontein on Saturday. Meanwhile in Boksburg, three people were seriously injured when a car was split in two after hitting a tree.

Four taxi accidents

In Randburg, two men died and two others were seriously injured after a side on collision at the Lion Park Crossing in Randburg. One man was killed after a head-on collision between a car and a truck on the R81 in Polokwane, with eight injured in two other accidents in the province.

On Saturday morning, two people were killed, including a child, and three others seriously injured after a 4x4 and a car collided head-on near Nelspruit at Schoemanskloof Pass on the N4 at around 9am.

On Friday, the road carnage began with two men killed and three injured in Underberg after a taxi and a car collided head-on on Friday morning.

Two accidents took place near the Kroonvaal Toll Plaza on the N1 on Friday.

One man was killed and another seriously injured after a bakkie rolled near the toll plaza.

In a separate incident, thirteen people were injured after a taxi rolled in the same vicinity.

Thirty people were injured in four taxi accidents throughout the day in Pietermaritzberg on Friday.

A man was killed and two others sustained serious injuries after a bakkie rolled on the R33 in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday.

Jackson said ER24 attended to approximately 30 accidents throughout the country during the day on Christmas Sunday.

  • colin.dovey - 2011-12-26 18:46

    So that the campaign can be more focused on the REAL problem, what would be much more useful would be: People killed who in: 1. Motor Vehicle 2. Taxis 3. Trucks Then the number of pedestrians.....and the province where the events occurred. I cannot ever remember seeing even any APPROXIMATE any stats by the middle of January. It is NO GOOD giving the totals like a cricket score, as we go along - they mean ZILCH in the sense of being being able to take focused ACTION.

      Walter - 2011-12-26 19:09

      Maybe, better driving training? Better law enforcement on the roads? No overloading of taxis, taxi drivers complying with road regulations? Approximately 2,500 people are killed on Germany's roads each year (population of 82 Mio), South Africa approx. 15,000 get killed annually (population around 50 Mio). Why are the German death numbers lower? Better driver training, better the road condition, only roadworthy vehicles on the roads and strict law enforcement. This is not high science...

      Francois - 2011-12-26 20:09

      Walter, since you are at it, how many people in Germany use a car to get to work as a percentage of the total population? How many people use trains? How many people can afford cars and are not dependent on public transport and even then they use public transport? How many people are forced by mere poverty to take taxis to work otherwise they will starve? This is not high science, but your lack the full picture. Then maybe one last thing, how many people were killed on Germany's roads from 1939 to 1945 - as SA state of development is less than that at present? Happy new year.

      Walter - 2011-12-27 06:44

      @Francois: It appears to me that you are defending South Africa's annual road carnage? And bringing WW2 into it really helpful! But do you offer any suggestions or solutions to the problem? No, you do not, you just wasted space on this forum, at least this time, sorry!

      Chris - 2011-12-27 09:40

      The real problem is set out at --

  • willbeonekenobi - 2011-12-26 19:40

    800 dead is still too many.

  • Comrade - 2011-12-26 19:51

    Times that figure by 2 or 3 to get the truth.

  • Sean - 2011-12-26 20:36

    @francios Couldn't have said it better.Thank you for using logic into your reasoning

  • Anil - 2011-12-26 20:41

    Blamed alcohol for all the wrong reasons; Jay walking Unroadworthy vehicles Unlicence drivers Drunk Driving????? Reckless Driving What else??? Goverment what zero telorance, what next???

      Anthony - 2011-12-27 08:49


  • MikeFraser - 2011-12-26 20:49

    I think the Arrive Alive campaign is a one huge publicity stunt. I drove all of 1100km from Stellenbosch to East London last December, not one road block, no traffic officials, nothing on that whole stretch of National road. Visible policing and strict law enforcement will go a long way in reducing the lawlessness on our roads.

  • Boer - 2011-12-26 21:09

    half the people on SA roads do not have legal driver liences (imagine in two!) + alcohol = one massive disaster

      Sydney DjScore Matope - 2011-12-26 23:53

      so tru. All Because of corruption .

  • AyGeewils - 2011-12-26 22:34

    The number of British military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 stands at 393 (23 -12-2011) And we kill 800! in 4 weeks - just completely sickening. Something has to be done to stop the mania on our roads.

  • Chris - 2011-12-27 09:38

    It is not going to change anytime soon. See --

  • isaac.baloyi1 - 2011-12-27 12:25

    Lets refrain drinking alcohol and drive our cars!We are causing unnecesary hardships due to our negligence

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