Pretoria - South Africa’s festive season road death toll increased by 5.6 percent, versus the same period last year, to 1612.
This and other shocking statistics were announced during the preliminary Festive Season Road Safety report, delivered on Wednesday by Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande.
The report covers the period from 1 December 2018 to 8 January 2019, whereas the 2017/2018 report covered 1 Dec to 9 Jan.
KwaZulu-Natal recorded the most fatalities, at 328, followed by the Eastern Cape (238), Gauteng (219), Limpopo (178), Mpumalanga (162), Free State (159), Western Cape (149), North West (125) and Northern Cape (54).
Only two provinces saw a decrease in the number of road deaths, with Gauteng figures down by a commendable 19 percent and the North West by 2 percent.