Fikile Mbalula reported 28 Death over recent Easter weekend, which led to 82% reduction over the 162 killed in 2019
This corresponded with a more than 70% reduction in vehicle movement on the country’s roads due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Mbalula said any attempt to compare various years figures was an exercise in futility as the material conditions this Easter was fundamentally different from a normal period in which traffic is able to mover freely.
There were 26 fatal crashes this Easter, with pedestrians accounting for the highest figure (38%) followed by single vehicles overturned (19%).
This contrasted with 128 crashes recorded over the same period in 2019.
Mbalula reported 28 death, breakdown of this year’s Easter road deaths is Mpumalanga (7), KwaZulu-Natal (6), Eastern Cape (5), Gauteng (3), Western Cape (3), North West (3) and Limpopo, (1). There were no deaths reported in Free State or Northern Cape.
Mbalula said the reduction in traffic volumes also had a corresponding effect on the number of traffic violations.
The number of drivers arrested was 11 and only one driver was caught speeding.
“This was in sharp contrast with 807 arrested for drunken driving and 192 for speeding in 2019,” said Mbalula.
This Easter there were 719 arrests for road traffic laws compared to 1,343 last year, while traffic law enforcement authorities manned 480 roadblocks in which 104,140 vehicles were stopped and checked.
“236 vehicles impounded this Easter, 171 discontinued due to unroadworthiness, and 184 vehicles stopped and ordered to return home for travelling in contravention of lockdown regulations,” said Mbalula.
Mbalula sent condolences to the families of the 15 people who died on Wednesday in a head-on crash between a minibus and a truck on the N2 between Mount Ayliff and Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape.
Mbalula thanked law enforcement officers for doing a thankless job, some of whom had contracted the coronavirus while doing their duties.