The festive season got off to a lethal beginning on the roads this weekend, with 26 people killed in 3 injuries on Saturday.
Rain triggered bad driving conditions in a few provinces as streams of automobiles headed for holiday destinations.
Free State shipping MEC William Bulwane stated 14 people died and three have been injured when a Toyota Quantum and a Volkswagen Crafter collided on the R57 between Reitz and Petrus Steyn early on Saturday.
Bulwane stated thirteen human beings died at the scene and another in hospital.
Seven men were killed immediately while a bakkie overturned at the R573 among Kwaggafontein and Moteti in Mpumalanga at approximately 5 am.
Another died on the manner to the hospital even as a 9th sufferer died in the clinic, stated Moeti Mmusi, spokesperson for the Mpumalanga department of community safety, protection & liaison.
Twenty humans, which includes the driving force, had been injured and were being dealt with on the KwaMhlanga and Philadelphia hospitals, Mmusi stated.
“It is assumed that the driving force of the car may also have lost control and the vehicle veered off the street before crashing at the side. Overloading is one of the matters that the probe [into the accident] will look at.”
On Saturday afternoon, three humans died in a head-on collision among a Hyundai and a Nissan X-Trail at the R53, 10km from Potchefstroom, ER24 spokesperson Ross Campbell stated. Three others have been injured.
In Johannesburg, metro police arrested 87 people for under the influence of alcohol driving on Thursday and Friday.
Wayne Minnaar, spokesperson for the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), said: “A taxi changed into impounded from Glenvista via JMPD on Thursday for being unroadworthy. The steering column became tied together with masking tape, the emergency brake was defective, there have been no internal door panels, there was no ignition key, the front windscreen had greater than 50% cracks, and it changed into final certified in 2013.”
In eThekwini, metro police spokesperson Parboo Sewpersad said officers were known as out on Saturday as bathers were not complying with lifeguards at some seashores.
“We have noticed diehard bathers are nevertheless bathing way after the seashores are closed within the evening after the lifeguards are gone. There have been a few drownings on the beaches because of non-compliance with the lifeguards.”
Sewpersad stated there had been some of the deaths on the roads inside the Durban place, with at least 60 injuries because of heavy rain on Friday night time.
Cape Town councilor JP Smith, answerable for safety and security, said the town had recorded fewer than regular under the influence of alcohol using cases.
“There are appreciably decreased under the influence of alcohol riding arrests,” stated Smith. “Either people are suddenly nicely behaved, which is highly fantastic, or people are too broke. But some thing is riding it.”Grim start to festive season as weekend road accidents claim 26 lives (msn.com)
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