The number of festive season roads deaths has decreased, according to Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula.
Mbalula said the number of fatal road crashes was reduced by 3% from 1,438 in 2018/2019 to 1 390 in 2019/2020. This resulted in a 10% reduction in the number of fatalities from 1,789 in 2018/2019 to 1,617 in 222019/2020.
The highest number of roads deaths was recorded in KwaZulu-Natal, with 354. There were 254 in Gauteng and 217 in Limpopo.
The Free State recorded a 35% reduction in fatalities – the highest reduction in the country – while Mpumalanga recorded a decline of 23% and Western Cape road deaths declined by 19%.
The period under review was from 1 December to 15 January.
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