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Eastern Cape records slight decrease in road-related fatalities

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Transport MEC, Xolile Nqatha, in his maiden festive season Arrive Alive Campaign, has seen the Eastern Cape Province record a 2.4% decrease in road fatalities. 

This is despite the free movement of people, with no COVID-19 restrictions in place this year, compared to the last two years. 

The Eastern Cape recorded 205 road-related fatalities this past festive season. 

In 2021 the province recorded 210 road-related fatalities and 228 fatalities in 2020. 

“Losing 205 lives on our roads is nothing to celebrate, but we wish to acknowledge the decline, however marginal, as compared to the two years before. We went into this festive season aware that beating or even beating figures of the past two years was always going to be tough given the lifting of the state of disaster and free movement of people, characterised by higher traffic volumes,” said Nqatha. 

Higher traffic volumes often translate to a higher likelihood of road crashes. 

The road-related fatalities for each province include:
  • Western Cape fatalities dropped from 207 to 131, resulting in a 36.7% reduction
  • Mpumalanga fatalities dropped from 189 to 144, resulting in a 23.8% reduction
  • Northern Cape fatalities dropped from 65 to 51, resulting in a 21.5% reduction
  • North-West fatalities dropped from 119 to 94, resulting in a 21% reduction
  • Limpopo fatalities dropped from 226 to 179, resulting in a 20.8% reduction
  • KwaZulu-Natal fatalities dropped from 275 to 240 resulting in a 12.7% reduction
  • Eastern Cape fatalities dropped from 210 to 205, resulting in a 2.47% reduction
  • Free State fatalities dropped from 119 to 117, resulting in a 1.7% reduction
  • Gauteng fatalities increase from 275 to 290, resulting in a 5.5% increase

With these odds against them going into this year’s festive season, Nqatha attributed the decline against the odds, to a collective effort from law enforcement officers, dozens of law-abiding road users and all the rapid response teams. 

“I wish to commend all the rapid response teams, our traffic officers, SAPS and the Home Affairs Department, Migration Unit who were always part of our operations and fellow road users. I take my hat off to the Emergency Medical and all the Rapid Response teams. If it wasn’t for them, these figures would have been worse than they already are. Not to mention the thousands of law-abiding road users who took full responsibility for their lives, that of their passengers and other road users. I salute each one of you and thank you for your role in this decline,” said Nqatha. 

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