Some 104 people were killed in South Africa’s road accidents over the long Easter weekend that started from 18 April to 22 April, South African Transport Minister Blade Nzimande.
According to the minister on Wednesday, 24 April 2019, the accidents occurred between April 18 and Easter Sunday.
Accidents on Monday, 22 April 2019, which was also a public holiday, on which many people travelled back to their bases, were not included in the statistics provided on Wednesday, he said.
This was significantly lower than the number of fatalities recorded last year, the minister said.
“There were 104 fatalities recorded, which is a decrease of 41 percent from the 2018 Easter period,” he said.
The highest number of fatalities were reported in Limpopo, which is the main highway to neighbouring states of Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia, with 27 lives being lost.
This was followed by KwaZulu-Natal, which witnessed 26 deaths.
The lowest number of fatalities were recorded in the Free State and Northern Cape, with only two fatalities reported each.
“I have directed the Road Accident Fund to provide the families of the deceased and the injured with the necessary support and care during this difficult time,” Nzimande said.