South African Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula released a report that read “According to the preliminary figures, 189 crashes were recorded, resulting in 235 fatalities nationwide.”
“The number of crashes has been reduced by 2.1 per cent while fatalities have been reduced by 9.6 percent. This is despite the growth in population size and the vehicle population,” he said when compared to 2019 number of deaths through road accidents.
“Our relative success can be attributed to early preparation with education and awareness campaigns in communities, increased visibility of law enforcement officers, stakeholder involvement and a high-profile media campaign,”
“The carnage we continue to experience on our roads is influenced by a number of factors mostly embedded in human behaviour, vehicle factors and environment on road factors,” he said.
According to Transport Minister, 35 per cent of road victims were pedestrians that were walking while drunk, crossing in freeways and jaywalking.