- Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has noted that nearly 600 South Africans have lost their lives this festive season
- However, the latest statistics show that a 25% decrease has been noted in comparison to last year
- Mbalula says police will continue to clamp down nationwide to keep Mzansi's roads safe
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says that 589 citizens have perished on the road this festive season.
News24 reports that this is a 25% decrease in the fatalities noted over the same period last year, with statistics gauging the progress in reducing deaths.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the KwaZulu-Natal recorded the highest number of fatalities ( 135), while the Northern Cape only recorded 16.
Speaking during the release of the statistics, Mbalula explained how the state intended to keep the numbers down:
"In the coming days, we will intensify our efforts on pedestrian and passenger fatalities by ramping up policing inside suburbs, townships and villages. Law enforcement operations focusing on drunken driving and the wearing of seatbelts will also be increased."
While the minister noted that fewer arrests are being made, concerns are still present:
"However, we remain concerned about the high number of people who continue to drive under the influence of alcohol. We will apply the same vigour in ensuring those arrested for drunken driving, reckless and negligent driving are also denied bail, as these are major contributing factors to the high levels of fatalities on our roads."
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