Easter road deaths toll passes 60

MORE than 60 people were killed on South Africa's roads over the Easter weekend. The figure was expected to increase yesterday as more motorists return home after the long weekend.

MORE than 60 people were killed on South Africa's roads over the Easter weekend. The figure was expected to increase yesterday as more motorists return home after the long weekend.

Despite the Easter death toll being expected to be lower than last year, which stood at 173, the national transport department is still concerned about the number of fatal crashes.

Departmental spokesperson Logan Maistry said: "One death is too many on our roads.

"We want to repeat our call to all South Africans to join us in this fight for safer roads, by obeying all road rules, making the safety of other road users a priority and putting ubuntu into action on our roads. Responsible citizens do not need to be policed all the time."

The official death toll figure, including Gauteng, is expected to be released later this week but so far Mpumalanga has recorded more fatal crashes than any other province with 14 deaths. However, Mpumalanga's transport spokesperson David Nkambule said: "The province has registered a lower number of road fatalities during the Easter holidays as compared to the same time last year."

Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal followed closely, reporting 10 deaths each.

KwaZulu-Natal's department of transport, community safety and liaison announced yesterday that traffic officers across the province were out in numbers to monitor the high number of motorists expected to leave the province.

Departmental spokesperson Bhekisisa Mncube said: "The province recorded the lowest number of deaths compared to previous years, less than 10. Officers will conduct roadblocks day and night. Zero tolerance is our method and law breakers will spend a night behind bars."

By late yesterday Limpopo and Eastern Cape had recorded eight fatalities each and North West and Northern Cape four each.

A family of five died in the Free State yesterday afternoon.

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