TRANSPORT Minister Fikile Mbalula has officially launched his department’s road safety festive season plan. Picture: DoT
TRANSPORT Minister Fikile Mbalula has officially launched his department’s road safety festive season plan. Picture: DoT

Transport Minister steps up visibility in crash hot spot areas, focusing on SA’s 10 most dangerous roads

By Se-Anne Rall Time of article published Dec 14, 2021

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DURBAN – The Transport Department will step up patrols and visibility along the country's major highways in the coming days, in anticipation of higher traffic volumes as people move between provinces for the festive season.

Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula yesterday, launched his department's festive season road safety plan in Mangaung.

The launch comes just days after the Road Accident Fund identified several major routes as their top 10 list of South Africa's most dangerous roads.

Topping the list is the N2 between East London and Mthatha. Coming in at second place is the N2 between Mthatha and Kokstad while the N1 between Mokopane and Polokwane takes third spot. The N1 is listed three more times on the list.

Mbalula said data gathered from the last three years’ festive seasons showed that officials needed to pay particular attention to several hot spot routes.

He said officials will increase patrols along:

Idutywa on the N2 in the Eastern Cape

Mbizana on the R61 in the Eastern Cape

Mount Alyliff on the N2 in the Eastern Cape

Mzamba on the R61 in the Eastern Cape

Mankweng on R71 in Limpopo

Harrismith on the N3 in the Free State

Libode on the N2 in the Eastern Cape

Musina on the N1 in Limpopo

Mecklenburg on the R37 in Limpopo

Butterworth on the N2 in Eastern Cape

Middleburg on the N4 in Mpumalanga

Westernburg on the N1 in Limpopo

KwaMhlanga on the R573 in Mpumalanga

• Mqanduli on R411 in Eastern Cape

• Mthatha on R61 in Eastern Cape

• Modimolle on the N1 in Limpopo

• Mount Frere on the N2 in Eastern Cape

• Potchefstroom on the N12 in North West

• Bityi on the N2 in Eastern Cape and

• Nongoma on the R66 in KwaZulu Natal

Mbalula said drunk driving is still a massive challenge, especially during the festive season.

“We have established that alcohol is a factor in 27% fatal crashes in the country. Therefore, drunk driving operations will be a top priority to improve safety on the roads,” he said.

“Our plan seeks to enhance co-ordination, integration and improved law enforcement and road traffic safety awareness and education activities for maximum results. It also encompasses the notion of road safety being everybody’s responsibility by strengthening collaboration among organs of state and civil society,” Mbalula said.

“Law enforcement officers will only be able to achieve this if they perform their duties in a professional manner, apply the law fairly and treat all people in a non-partisan way. We urge all road users to make sure that their vehicles, are serviced and in a good condition in order to avoid accidents and deaths of innocent people,” the minister said.

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