Two horror traffic accidents on Friday marred the Easter holiday, killing a total of 16 people. In one collision between Naboomspruit and Mokopane in Limpopo, northern South Africa, 10 people were killed, including seven adults and three children.
According to preliminary information, a Mitsubishi bakkie driver lost control and collided head-on with a minibus, police spokesperson Ronel Otto said.
Both drivers were among the dead. A section of the highway was closed to traffic while the scene was being cleared.
In the second accident near Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province, six people, including a child, were killed when two vehicles, a bakkie and a car, collided head-on. The reason for the collision was not immediately known.
The carnages came despite a safety campaign launched before the Easter to ensure safety on the roads, with road blocks on major highways.
The Easter weekend is a peak season when people embark on road trips to annual religious pilgrimages across the country or to visit friends and relatives. Traffic is at a maximum on all national routes and road fatalities peak during this time due to a range of factors. These include reckless and negligent driving, speeding, fatigue, driving under the influence of alcohol and other intoxicants.
Police officers are conducting “stop and search” exercises on all major routes, patrolling the roads with high visibility operations.
South Africa is notorious for road carnages, which claim more than 1,000 lives per month, causing huge social and economic losses.
The festive holidays usually have the highest rate of road deaths. The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has vowed to reduce the number of road casualties this year by 25 percent and achieve a 50-percent reduction in road accidents by 2020. Enditem