SA road death toll reaches 1 300

2013-01-05 10:51

Johannesburg - 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 cost the economy more than R300bn a year," said Ismail.

He urged road users to be patient and exercise caution.

  • - 2013-01-05 11:02

    This morning I stopped in time at a robot. Another car came speeding past me. To the right at the robot was a traffic car who never attempted to do anything. I saw taxis breaking any number of laws on Koeberg Road and no traffic cops anywhere to be seen. This is a daily occurrence. Traffic cops need to be out on the roads not hiding under or behind a tree.

      koos.meyer.52 - 2013-01-05 11:16

      500 deaths caused by taxi's I believe...

      jason.m.bechervaise - 2013-01-05 11:35

      Seems like the police need police to watch them so they do their job. But then we'll need police for the police who police the police....

      Alien42063 - 2013-01-05 11:47

      I agree Brendan! Enforcement of traffic law, or any law is the key. What astounds me is why there are no (That I've seen) American style Highway patrols, even during peak hours. They need to be out in force. But also, how many people in Joburg and Pta obey the speed limits. Drive 60 in a 60 zone and you get looks of death and cursed...

      lee.brand.73 - 2013-01-05 12:02

      Taxis can work ok with less than 1000 bolts -no prob.

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2013-01-05 12:05

      Driving on the road is a privilege, not a right! Only when this............why am I wasting my time........

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2013-01-05 13:03

      1300 and counting...

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-05 14:59

      Me thinks the president get's most of his sleep on the job, and so do many traffic cops

      shaida.naude.7 - 2013-01-05 15:16

      Agreed. The traffic cops in SA drive one person in a patrol car unlike other countries where they are partnered. One to approach offending vehicles and the other observing for any possible danger and at the same time calling in the vehicles registration. When you challenge our officers on being so lax as far as the taxi industry goes(they break the law every 50m)the reply is'We have families to think of'. Then they must get partnered and forget about who goes home with the vehicle when the shift is done. That is the only thing of importance to most of them hence the one person per vehicle.

  • Nyaya Pano - 2013-01-05 11:03

    Might come as a surpriz bt nature balances its population nd natural resouces naturaly. I thnk its in human nature to destroy ourselves. you cant practicaly control it, it can be redused perhaps.

  • - 2013-01-05 11:06

    SA drivers need to change their attitudes. How often are the rules of the road transgressed? Just drive on the N3 from DBN to JHB

  • Nyaya Pano - 2013-01-05 11:08

    @brendan the gvnt must pay trafic cops by commission nd see wat will happen lol!

  • aroka.murombe - 2013-01-05 11:15

    And your method of keeping this accidents under control on our roads its working....... What a joke......

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2013-01-05 11:22

    its time we get rid of christmas

      Ayanda Daniel - 2013-01-05 11:43

      Is that sarcasm? If not youre a real staban!

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-05 15:00

      Maybe not, alcohol and drugs not a bad idea though, it might have kept jub-jub out of prison

  • adam.artur.12 - 2013-01-05 11:25

    So it all comes down to the cost????

  • adam.artur.12 - 2013-01-05 11:27

    So it all comes down to cost?????

  • marius.koen2 - 2013-01-05 11:27

    When does the demerit system start!!!!

  • Sechaba30 - 2013-01-05 11:37

    Last week Saturday I drove from Durban to Bergville, not even a single traffic police on the, all of them hiding in the bushes making money for ANC government. This country is totally sick.

  • Sherman Amos - 2013-01-05 11:40

    What has your personal contribution been to road safety the Christmas holiday? Were you more tolerant on our roads, did you wear your safety belt, did you see to it that your kids and back seat passengers were buckled up, did you drive the posted speed, was you car in a roadworthy state, did you indicate your action well in advance or did you use it to say what you were doing and not what you intended doing, did you slow down and then speed up after passing a fixed speed camera, were you the adult and set the right example for your kids - that is where road safety starts and end - with you.

      ben.l.johnson.7 - 2013-01-06 11:26

      It is worrying that 6 people actually gave this post a thumbs down. That is the entire problem in a nutshell....

  • Kombisa - 2013-01-05 11:41

    This is a nightmare with no end on sight. It is disheartening to observe that many accidents that had numerous fatalities involve the transport industry. They drive so bad as if they have taken accidental covers on our lives, perhaps they need be investigated for that. I don't even want to think how many orphans came out of this. I am very ashamed to be a South African. Have we lost our minds such as we long lost our morals. Eish speechless!!!

  • Ayanda Daniel - 2013-01-05 11:47

    my comrades, we have really and truly f..ked this place up why are you all such idiots its driving not separating atoms!!!

  • theo.prinse - 2013-01-05 11:49

    40 people die on the roads in SA per day. 14.600 per year. That is lower than the 17.500 murders per year in South Africa

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-05 15:05

      Yes but then we also breed @ 100 000 per year

  • wwadl1 - 2013-01-05 11:59

    Over 14000 road death per year in SA. December / January is a average month. Why are there no reports for the rest of the year ? .

  • nkhangwe.madzivh - 2013-01-05 12:03

    As long as South african road laws are still lenient,expect the worse,Speeding,drinking under influence of alcohol punishment should be harsh.licence must be suspended for 12 month or more

  • mocking.bird.3517 - 2013-01-05 12:09

    Lazy people are now ready to blame the ANC again even they're noticing that these're not related

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-05 12:10

    i dont think prayers will help the sittuation unless drug lords,satanists and polititians repend

  • gerry.skerritt - 2013-01-05 12:14

    Time to resign along with Wayne Minaar I think Mr Ashref. You both redefine clueless. There are failed matriculants in Limpopo who have a better idea of what needs to be done to reverse this awful trend. Hint - it's not getting more obese numbskulls to hide in the bushes

  • Sakhiwo - 2013-01-05 12:18

    There you go,thats the only thing known to count deaths every year

  • Martin522 - 2013-01-05 12:21

    More traffic cops should make the difference!

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-05 13:08

      More traffic cops to extort bribes

  • kevin.nicklin - 2013-01-05 12:26

    What about addressing the delays at border posts. We waited from 10am to 11pm at Beit bridge yesterday. So we had to drive home now in the dark whilst exhausted from heat exhaustion. Eventually we pulled over and slept in the car at a ultra city. This scenario should never have unfolded if border officials did their jobs quickly and efficiently. Am certain that road deaths have been caused as a result of this as driving while exhausted and at night are recipes for disaster. Attend to the causes such as the border post delays and watch the fatality numbers come down!

      Kombisa - 2013-01-05 12:47

      This brings another dimension to this carnage, can't help but fully agree with your sentiment. I never thought of it. This is a very good point let's hope the authorities are listening and do meaningful intervention on it.

  • Desmond Lando Smith - 2013-01-05 12:28

    300 Billion Rand ......... Where do they dream up these amounts ??????? With that amount of money they could do away with e toll ..........

      adrian.k.andrews - 2013-01-05 12:37

      Exaggeration lol

      takurian - 2013-01-06 08:27

      R300 billion a year when an average of 1200 are dying every month means 14400 are dying yearly. That converts to R208 000 per person/year. It is realistic. Think of where your current income is going now, i.e. tax, food, fees, loans etc. If you die, that revenue is lost. Makes sense now.

  • athalia.maabane - 2013-01-05 12:30

    Arrogance on the roads is unbearable. I mean 1300, these are people's lives we are talking about here. Motorists should find within themselves to learn to be patient, and if somebody has wronged you on the road, do not compete with that person on the road because this is one of the other things that causes unnecessary accidents..

  • adrian.k.andrews - 2013-01-05 12:36

    Motorist are to be blamed, not Government... If you adhere to the laws of the road, the obnoxiousness(deaths) won't still exist.. Take responsibility for your own actions!!

  • mmoledis - 2013-01-05 12:46

    This toll was caused by department of transport and municipalities failing to make sure that in each and every corner and small distance there are traffic officials available and lack of road safety education,this education should not be done only during festive it should be done everyday and also at schools especially primary schools within the country.

      siphiwevusi.mabika - 2013-01-05 13:15

      U have 2 talk abt, ple who take alcohol an drive drunk. Nt the department of transport, u fool

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2013-01-05 12:52

    My brother never drives more than 80 kph. My wife never overtakes. I don't drive more than 30 km because I fall asleep at the wheel. If our destination is more than three hours' driving we stop for a meal. If more than five, we sleep over in a hotel. My mother died in a head-on collsion speeding on a wet surface. The ownership of a motor car is an enormous privilege; there's nothing wrong with using a bus and hiring a car at the other end. The traffic police are lazy and greedy. Roundabouts are safer than robots. People are impatient. The human race is mad.

  • cyril.mpanza.1 - 2013-01-05 12:54

    This problem is with the police . They can says it is this or it is that but they are the ones who didnt do their work.

  • chris.dew.509 - 2013-01-05 13:30

    by the sounds of things looks like the government should put a traffic officer in every persons car 2 ensure WE COMPLY WITH THE RULES... cause we as a country have no respect 4 ourselves , our country and one another.

  • bushy.mogale.39 - 2013-01-05 13:37

    Arrogant drivers, lack of patience and drinking and driving are the main killers on our roads. And while the police are taking bribes and setting free law breakers, nothing will help the situation. The death toll makes it clear that our police were not doing their job again. It's worse than last year!!

  • zs5zk - 2013-01-05 13:41

    Wonder how many of the Fatality`s were Mini Bus Passengers and what the count is of Blacks killed and Whites Killed and what Race has caused the Most Accidents.

  • joe.irwin.50 - 2013-01-05 13:58

    The reason for these fatalities lies squarely with incompetent motorists, who have no respect for other road users, or the laws that are in place to prevent these situations. As long as there is no correct and decisive policing, these idiots will continue committing carnage on our roads.

  • kgabo.patrick.7 - 2013-01-05 14:06

    Road rage,driving under the influence of alcohol,bribes are major cause of accident's at our roads

  • thapelo.gaebetse.9 - 2013-01-05 14:30

    Dis issue is hurting so much.Ppl are ignorant n irresponsible.I dnt blv they can change 4rm such foolishness

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2013-01-05 14:43

    Visible Policing... Reduction of speed limits, Corruption ito drivers licences, annual compulsory checking of road-worthyness - any car, new or old. Not 'rocket science'... Annual renewal of drivers licence - eye test, physical test etc...

  • ilana.tenkrooden - 2013-01-05 15:54

    This country needs proper law inforcement on it's roads to bring the death toll down. After driving to CPT from JNB it is clear that people disregard basic road rules because there are no consequences for their irresponsible actions. Drivers are arrogant, selfish and have no respect for each other.

  • peasant.mcpoor - 2013-01-05 16:05

    What do you expect in this country- roses and violins?? This is such a lawless place, why would our roads be any different?

  • Kombisa - 2013-01-05 16:44

    As I went through all the comments I could not pick up any confession of a single incident of bad driving by the commentators themselves. That is so impressive as it tells me that there are many law abiding citizens who are our good ambassadors on the road. I urge you all to joint hands to un root the bad attitude by many drivers out there. Please do whatever it takes to teach our traffic officers as well how it's done and purpose to be done.

  • red7926 - 2013-01-05 17:31

    But why is it that there are no traffic officials on our national roads after 10p.m? Truck drivers and motorists in general know that they can get away with speeding and un-roadworthy vehicles. Employ and deploy more traffic officials and this will curb traffic violations and un-roadworthy vehicles. Billions of rands and countless lives could be saved.

  • bill.mckimm.9 - 2013-01-05 18:18

    We should use the Australian example of preventing road deaths as a template for saving lives in this country. In the 1950's and 1960's Australia had a serious problem with deaths on their roads. Now they have probably fewer than 50 deaths over the Christmas holiday period, and their roads are like side streets compared to SA. How did they do it? Firstly they made all the rules of the road well known and they inforced them with an iron fist! Nine points on your license and you lost it for 12 months and then had to redo your license test and become a provisional license holder for anoither twelve months. Drive without a licenswe, no problem 12 months in jail no exceptions. I don't think many of the drivers who don't have licenses would like to spend tinme in an SA jail! Total lack of tolerance for any infringement. Not 10% error margin on speeding; 12o km/h is 120 km/h. No tolerance with failure to pay fines; summons court and a very heavy fine or jail; thank you very much. Understanding by all citizens that this was for real. I was there in 1999 and saw a flow of traffic bout five km long because of a speed trap on an motor way. Traffic was travelling at 119 km/h and evertone was doing it. What we will need in this country is commitment by Government to set and follow through. We will need policing to match the government's commitment not the one for us and one for you approach adopted by our metro cops. Bribes = jail for both parties. Drunk driving = jail no option.

  • collen.seoka - 2013-01-05 19:02

    Alcohol kill more people than Aids in this country, yet few open their mouth to talk about it. We have aids awareness, drug awareness, the list is endless...yet no one is talking of alcohol.

  • thizatouch - 2013-01-05 19:12

    what astounds me is how we as as south Africans are quick to copy talent shows and the lot from other countries but don't seem to bother to copy working law enforcement practices in the same countries..

  • takurian - 2013-01-05 20:40

    Build speed bumps on the freeway after every 5km stretch. It will make a difference. It is better to have traffic congestion trying to control speedsters than lose innocent lives.

  • Moosa 'millo' Xulu - 2013-01-06 09:53

    mmoledis, u cant b more right. one cant start campaigns, education, awareness on 1st Dec and think there will be much of a difference. permanent speed cameras need to be put up, which will work 24 /7. National Roads are abandoned @ night with only National traffic Police patrolling Gauteng alone, thus leaving other provice to do as they are pleased @ night. N3 JHB - Harrismith. limited fixed speed camera in none, things like that need to change. traffic officers are needed within every 10km on the National Road Network every day not only festive season. if other countries can limit their death toll they why cant we as RSA do da same?

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2013-01-06 10:32

    I think the citizens of this country should demand a full, unbiased, honest run-down of what and who caused the accidents. How many were caused by taxis and how many deaths and injuries resulted? How many by drunken drivers? how many by unroadworthy vehicles, in particular passenger-carrying vehicles? Etc., etc.

  • fred.potgieter.92 - 2013-01-06 14:27

    This is what happens when the colour of your skin and not years of experience is the determining factor in securing a job in a leader position. This, together with the fact that traffic cops hide around corners and in bushes trying to rather catch people breaking the speed limit, instead of putting up big neon coloured signs warning of speed trapping as is the case in European countries - thus acting as a deterrent and not a money making machine. Traffic police, get your fat buts out there and be visible.

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  • Johan Kieser - 2014-11-05 10:29

    I just looked up the latest available world statistics. South Africa is the NÂș 8 from the bottom of worst in the world at 31.9 fatalities per 100thousand of the population.Nigeria is at 33.7,Iran at 34.1, Venezuela at 37.2, Thailand at 38.1, Dominican Rep at 41.7 and Eritrea bottom at 48.4 Take away the minibus taxis in South Africa and the figure might he halved - and take drunks off the road, drivers and pedestrians, and the halved figure could be halved again. Well, if RSA lose so much money from accidents, why are the authorities not doing more? Spend one third of the lost money and gain it back double - a simple business principle - one needs to spend money to make money - yes, not that simple but it is worth every effort.

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