The number of traffic deaths per 100 000 inhabitants in South Africa increase by 18% between 2000 and 2018. In 2018, 22.4 traffic deaths per 100 000 inhabitants were recorded, compared to 19.9 in 1990.
The mortality rate remains extremely high and has consistently been above 20 in recent years. However, in 2018 it was down to 15.3 per 1000 inhabitants, the lowest recorded figure since records began in 1994. 
 The data presented in this publication was collated by the South African National Institute for Statistics (SANS) using the SANS Traffic Fatalities Report. This report has since been revised to include more data and was last updated on 15 April 2019.
It has been noted that the highest number traffic fatalities are not necessarily the most serious accidents, although they are the leading causes of death in SA. According to a recent report published by SANA, a total of 11,839 traffic accidents and 776 deaths were reported in the year 2017.
Of these, 1,921 occurred in Johannesburg, 565 in Pretoria, and 915 in Cape Town, which makes the total death toll in 2017 the second highest recorded on record, behind only 2009, when 10,652 traffic accident deaths occurred. (The 2009 toll was the deadliest year ever recorded in Africa, with 12,749 deaths).
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