File: Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula. Twitter/@GovernmentZA
JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has confirmed 189 crashes were recorded over the Easter period, resulting in 235 deaths nationwide.
He released the Easter traffic statistics on Thursday.
- Gauteng recorded 30 crashes and 36 fatalities.
- The Eastern Cape recorded 22 crashes and 27 fatalities.
- Free State recorded 8 crashes and 13 fatalities.
- Kwa-Zulu Natal recorded 42 crashes and 54 fatalities.
- Mpumalanga recorded 15 crashes and 18 fatalities.
- Limpopo recorded 27 crashes and 34 fatalities.
- The Northern Cape recorded 6 crashes and 7 fatalities.
- North West recorded 15 crashes and 20 fatalities.
For purposes of proper analysis, we have compared the 2021 figures to the 2019 Easter statistics. We have not taken the 2020 figures into consideration because that was an abnormal period characterised by a hard lockdown which restricted inter- provincial travel.— |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) April 8, 2021
Therefore, in 2019 there were 193 crashes which resulted in 260 fatalities. This means that we have made headway in reducing the number of crashes in general and fatalities in particular. The number of crashes has been reduced by 2.1% while fatalities came down by 9.6%. pic.twitter.com/FrXfVt6x2C— |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) April 8, 2021
It is however concerning to note that the number of pedestrians who died on the roads this year was higher compared to 2019.— |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) April 8, 2021
Pedestrian fatalities increased by five percent from 30% to 35% compared to the 2019. We have observed that about 6% of pedestrian fatal crashes occurred pic.twitter.com/0HlNaqYUg0