Nearly 700 killed on SA roads

2012-12-18 22:01

Johannesburg - More than 600 people have been killed in road accidents since the beginning of December, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Tuesday.

The corporation said there had been 564 accidents resulting in 676 deaths from 1 to 18 December.

"Comparison with previous year fatalities cannot be done at this stage as all crash reports have not been captured and also because South Africa now follows the 30-day World Health Organisation standard for fatalities," said spokesperson Ashref Ismail.

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-12-18 22:07


      colin.dovey - 2012-12-19 08:02

      I traveled on over 200 Km of highway yesterday - not ONE Highway Patrol car - cars and trucks were speeding, switching lanes recklessly, too close to my back bumper, overloaded cars, cargo not strapped down on trucks, lights off in heavy downpour.....and where do we find them - in the middle of town, checking licences.....and?

      mike.rockey - 2012-12-19 10:46

      what they omit is the fact that half of the deceased are pedestrians.

  • Mxolisi Thandazani Manyoni - 2012-12-18 22:45

    If we loose 700 souls in just 18 days because of road accident, I wonder how many we loose by other factors of life. All in all it shows our lives are not in our hands but people still refuse to give their lives to God. You cant predict the future if it's still like this.

      akaRags - 2012-12-18 23:28

      Our lives ARE in OUR hands to a certain extent, if people drove more safely and obeyed the rules of the road, way less people would die on South African roads but for whatever reasons too many South Africans just do not care that their bad, careless, reckless etc driving may kill not only themselves but others, which is selfish and immoral to say the least. There is a culture of bad driving in SA and together with ineffective law enforcement, makes our roads dangerous. People have the choice to do things decently and if they don't they will suffer the consequences. Unfortunately many South Africans are slow learners - day in day out we hear of road deaths but honestly, how many take notice? People either don't care or think it will never happen to them. Either way, they are selfish.

  • shandukani.netshiungani - 2012-12-18 22:48

    shooo.may god be with me wer ever i go

      MrGrumpy - 2012-12-18 23:36

      Travel safely, everybody!

  • ruan.coetsee.3 - 2012-12-18 23:10

    The traffic police should patrol the roads like they do in Enland. It does not help sitting in the bush taking speed photos!

      Erna - 2012-12-18 23:40

      Visible policing is the only answer to all our problems.

      firmsly.kabelo - 2012-12-19 00:37

      The problem is corruption in this country. We still many corrupt law enforcers and corrupt community.

      leonard.blignaut - 2012-12-19 06:30

      ... and when they do fine, they rather ask for a bribe!

      sharmilen.naidoo - 2012-12-19 07:57 hit the nail on the head. The suburb where I live, motorists drive on the incoming lane to get ahead and to the turning lane as they are too impatient. I have reported this to 702 and JMPD. The response from JMPD was we don't have enough officers to place at that intersection. I mentioned to the officer that took the call, perhaps he should get those that sit on the highways under bridges and behind bushes trapping to those intersections to patrol....his response was we don't have enough officers. Obviously his IQ was not the same as the number of officers JMPD have.

      makarapakaplan - 2012-12-19 08:56

      It would also help if the majority of these ppl actually had a drivers Licence or didn't buy one!

      corrie.steyn.75 - 2012-12-19 09:09

      You can find them doing shopping, eating in the malls carparks, every where but doing duty on the roads. those who are doing some stopping of vehicles, only do that for a bribes

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-12-20 12:42

      They must not just patrol the roads but apprehend motorists that are driving dangerously. One of the biggest problems are dangerous overtaking and not keeping a safe following distance ... but I bet only a tiny percentage of fines are ever issued for this.

  • theo.prinse - 2012-12-18 23:30

    That is 12.000 dead in a year. Still less than the 17.500 murders in SA every year

  • MrGrumpy - 2012-12-18 23:35

    Ashref "Mac Maharaj" Ismail is learning well. No doubt, in January, the reporting season will be extended to include February and March statistics...

  • rvbrink - 2012-12-18 23:48

    How many people die daily because of non related road deaths??

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2012-12-19 00:44

    Corruption,disregard for road laws,reckless and negligent driving,unroadworthy motor vehicles,fatigue,intolerance for one another,speed and also state of our roads are the cause of this deaths. And not wearing safety seatbelts.

      PointBlank - 2012-12-19 06:59

      bottom line, the road user.

  • Brandon Phillips - 2012-12-19 01:34

    Where is the big drive alive campaign this year,traffic cops are no where!

  • marc.vaneldonk - 2012-12-19 02:39

    I have seen it happen in South Africa in front of my face. Overloaded taxi's. Speeding taxi's with children. Racing on a dirt-road with 10 schoolkids in it. I could not even keep up with a regular car. Cars that should not be on the road, but in the junkyard. Speed-checks by police in the middle of the bush, where they should be in towns where it is really necessary.. Trucks loaded in a way, you can expect an accident any minute. Last year, a truck lost two steel beams of at least 50 Kilo's, hit my car and lifted it 2 meters of the road..... I was lucky. People crossing the street, often drunk, in the middle of the night. And so on.....and so on.

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  • abner.malema - 2012-12-19 05:04

    Traffic cops need bribes does why people drive recklessly if they are caught they will fork out cold drink money. There is a lot of corruption in the traffic department more than all the departments put toghether. Zuma is small drop in the ocean

      ian.robertreid - 2012-12-19 05:42

      This is true?

  • ian.robertreid - 2012-12-19 05:59

    B careful out there? a friend of mine failed driving test~ didn,t have a coin 2put under the table? couldn,t drive 2save her life?

  • Dagbekruiper - 2012-12-19 07:03

    If you see how some, even most, of our comrades in black BMWs drive; its amazing that there are still people on the road.

  • tshepo.k.lediga - 2012-12-19 07:05

    These are sad news indeed, but all of you guys must stop sitting on your couches and office chairs and face reality; It's a circle of life. People will die all the time and there is nothing anyone can do about it. As for all you people saying that govt must do things like in england, america, australia, etc. Things aren't as rosey as they look on BBC Entertainment, Packed To The Rafters or Dawson's Creek. Law enforcement and service delivery is even more pathetic than Zimbabwe's in some places. Stop blaming govt for everything, go visit these fantasy countries and get a reality check.

      christopher.caine.71 - 2012-12-19 08:18

      You're wrong... I live in the US, people here mostly obey the rules of the road, cars have to be road worthy, you hardly ever see drunk drivers and roads are maintained. Everything I've mentioned is because of people in government doing their damn jobs. Do you really think almost 700 people dying in 18 days is ok?

      tshepo.k.lediga - 2012-12-19 09:11

      Sorry to burst your bubble chris, but I have been to Miami and people over there do whatever they want. Criminals roam the streets and law enforcement officers know them all and do nothing about it. I was only there for 3 months and I saw more than enough crime and people living in fear, not in paradise.

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-12-20 13:10

      Tshepo, you've obviously never been to England, USA or Australia or bothered to do any research before making this statement. Here are some stats, in 2011 South Africa had 208 road fatalities per 100,000 cars while Australia only had 8, USA had 15 and UK only had 7. So SA had more than twently nine times the number of deaths than the UK when compared to the number of cars on the road. If you look at the number of road fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants SA is one of the worst in the world ... even India only has one third of road deaths per 100,000 inhabitants when compared to SA. So YES, the ANC government has also totally failed when it comes to road safety.

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-12-20 13:19

      Aplogies Tshepo, I just saw your other comment, I have also been there and have to agree that parts of Miami are as bad as South Africa, but the Miami ghettos don't represent the majority of the USA.

  • richard.payn.12 - 2012-12-19 07:09

    Why is it only in december that we get these statistics? Is nobody killed in the rest of the year? Why do the KZN cops only have zero tollerance in December? Remember that the 2 second gap between cars on the highway is approx. 25 to 30 metres. Not 2 to 3 metres you idiots.

      Alan - 2012-12-19 08:37

      richard, if you look at the statistices about 14000 people die every year in road accidents. That is about 1150 per month. December is really not much better or worse than any other month of the year.

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-12-19 07:21

    This is all due to the incompetancy and stupidity of the traffic cops. They dont even know when a driver is transgressing the traffic regulations because they don't know it themselves! Start by educating the cops and the situation will improve!.

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2012-12-19 08:09

    It is time that the race of the people causing accidents be disclosed. - 2012-12-19 08:26

      Oh for goodness sake!! Race has nothing to do with driving skills .... why is there always one like you in the crowd?

      jj.jeno.1 - 2012-12-19 08:45

      Well done, this is officially the dumbest comment posted in 2012.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-12-19 08:24

    Coming to work this morning there was one idiot who was zipping in and out of traffic at a dizzy rate. I wonder if he won the race?

      flysouth - 2012-12-19 10:01

      That would be the race to the accident scene?

  • furlong.lubisi.7 - 2012-12-19 08:52

    I wonder if this stats include even those who die on the D road or it only include the N and R roads only.

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-12-19 08:52

    These morons definitely drive worse this time of year for some reason.

  • flysouth - 2012-12-19 10:00

    Another record season coming I think! No surprises here.

  • vvnel - 2012-12-19 10:30

    Why wait till reports are captured, when the internet will show what was published about last year's fatalities. For the period 1 dec to 26 dec: 2009: 1304 2010: 1149 2011: more than 800

  • pieter.koekemoer.54 - 2012-12-19 11:00

    Speed does not kill!!!! Unroadworthy vehicles,overloaded vehicles, fatigue, over taking on bends and rises, drunk driving and idiots who cannot drive but bought their licences kill!!! A gun does not kill people, the person holding the gun does. The carnage on our roads are a direct result of the misconception about speed killing people promting the idiots in charge to hide the metro cops behind bushes and all kinds of things. How does speed traps prevent deaths? Make the cops visble on the roads and have them pull over vehicles and it will curb ALL of the above, including speeding.

      irma.white.9 - 2012-12-19 13:37

      There are several factors that kill, INCLUDING speed. You have a better chance at surviving if you come to a sudden stop (whether it be into another car or tree) at a lower speed than a higher one. The G Force will be lower, for one, and what are the chances of you splitting your car in half at say 60kms per hour, as opposed to 100kms?

  • irma.white.9 - 2012-12-19 13:19

    Why on earth can't people just drive properly? Are they so stupid that they can't even think about their families waiting for them to come home?

  • jolene.fourie - 2012-12-19 14:47

    I'm not at all surprised by this article. On my recent visit back to SA in November, I was horrified at how people drive on the motorway. Swerving in and out of lanes recklessly between cars with no regards for fellow road users at speeds a formula one driver would be proud of. And dont even get me started on the corpses you need to dodge because the idiot ran across the motorway. Shocking!!!

  • dariusz9 - 2012-12-19 15:06

    Well, I can’t understand what are the numbers all about! If we take the numbers of the car on the road let’s take the N3 to Durban 800 cars per hour each car might have three individuals in it, given take over 12 hours, which is about 28800 people per day! Let’s look at the 18-day 518400 people travelling in their cars on just one road! Now 700 killed due to the accident all over SA! Sorry this is not even +/- 0, 13% of the total of people, which made the trip to Durban and this is only one road in SA. Now of the 700 killed 50 % were properly pedestrians. However, our traffic police are only really interested in speed trapping on the freeways WHY! I was driving yesterday on N 2 from Port Shepstone to Durban, and I sow not less than five speed traps over the distains of 130 kilometres, what a waste of man power! There were people on the freeway waking up and down and running a trading business on the side of the freeway highly illegal and very dangerous for all road uses, and nothing is done about it. I would like to know WHY! It looks to me like all the small municipality are only interested in making as much money as possible from motorist, and this has nothing to do with making our road safer! I think we need, some clever guys to come up with different strategy how best to utilize all the man power (traffic caps) in order to be more effective during this time of the year and beyond.

  • al.nicoll007 - 2012-12-25 09:56

    Time for government to crack down on traffic laws on the road and those teaching learner s as there are some very doggy driving schools out there. I see them driving without seat belt to start with. The police don't even set a good example to follow either and they don't even know the high way code.. Also why can't people drive in the correct lane . And by the way undertaking is illegal .!

  • al.nicoll007 - 2012-12-25 09:56

    Time for government to crack down on traffic laws on the road and those teaching learner s as there are some very doggy driving schools out there. I see them driving without seat belt to start with. The police don't even set a good example to follow either and they don't even know the high way code.. Also why can't people drive in the correct lane . And by the way undertaking is illegal .!

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