TWENTY-SEVEN people died in separate road accidents that happened across the province since the beginning of April.
The figure may be more given that some of the incidents may not have been officially recorded by the time of printing this article.
During the easter weekend alone, nine (9) people lost their lives, an increase from last year’s eight during the same period.
Community Safety and Transport Management MEC, Dr Mpho Motlhabane expressed concern that campaigns done to raise road safety awareness seem to be ignored.
“We have seen more increase on fatalities this year. Last year we had eight fatalities, while we are standing at nine just for the long weekend. Our preliminary investigations show that the province experienced 19 accidents with 27 fatalities, 18 serious and four slight injuries. Twenty three of these fatalities happened in a week between April 7 and 12,” he said.
The nine cases recorded during the easter weekend were mostly isolated incidents.
The worst accident recorded happened on April 8 along the Ottosdal/Wolmaransstad road where 13 people died after a taxi and a private vehicle collided head on.
Of the 13 who died, bodies of 11 people were burnt beyond recognition and need DNA tests to positively identify them.
Their funerals are expected to be held after a number of weeks as forensic pathologists are said to be busy with the identification process.
Most of the victims were coming from a church meeting in Mahikeng, going back to Wolmaransstad.
In Stilfontein, near Klerksdorp, four people died after their vehicle went out of the road and rolled several times on April 10.
ER24 paramedics who attended to the scene said that at the time of their arrival, they found four people lying about 10 to 15 meters away from the mangled vehicle.
MEC Motlhabane said that a number of traffic law violations were also recorded during the same period.
“We managed to stop and check more than 499 vehicles across the province for roadworthy. Forty seven summons were issued for traffic violations with monetary value at R38 500. Our police also managed to arrest a suspect for being in possession of suspected stolen 30 litres of diesel and 16 litres of petrol,” he said.
The MEC further said they conducted roadblocks in various high spot areas like Taung on N18, Delareyville, Zeerust and Klerksdorp.
In some instances, they found three unlicensed motor vehicles with others failing to display vehicle discs in Taung.
“One motorist was charged for overloading while impounded 9 vehicles in Delareyville. Ten taxi were travelling without permits, 14 other vehicles had no disc license. One motorist was fined for driving on barrier line, three fined for overloading and one failed to stop on the stop sign,” he said.
A total of 299 motorists were fined for various offences on the road, showing that drivers still need to comply.- Newsnote