103 killed in Easter weekend crashes

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Johannesburg - At least 103 people have been killed in road accidents throughout the country over the long Easter weekend, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Monday.

“Up to the end of Saturday night, there were 103 fatalities and 80 crashes,” said RTMC CEO Gilberto Martins.

“We don't have the full count. The final report will only be submitted tomorrow (Tuesday) and after 2pm, it will be available.”

The department of community safety in Gauteng said traffic continued to peak on Monday and the freeways were congested.

The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said road accidents in South Africa would continue until motorists behaviour was addressed.

“Until a number of road safety issues have been addressed we can expect the carnage on South African roads specifically around holiday seasons to continue,” Sanral's road safety manager Elna

Fourie said in a statement on Monday.

Fourie said Sanral's planned road safety event at the University of Pretoria on Tuesday would see a number of South Africans pledging responsible behaviour.

These included not to text, drink, and speed while driving. - Sapa



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