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Festive season road death toll decreases by 10%

23 Jan 2020, 22:10 GMT+10

The number of festive season roads deaths has decreased, according to Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula.

Mbalula said the number of fatal road crashes were reduced by 3% from 1 438 in 2018/2019 to 1 390 in 2019/2020. This resulted in a 10% reduction in the number of fatalities from 1 789 in 2018/2019 to 1 617 in 222019/2020.

The highest number of roads deaths was recorded in KwaZulu-Natal, with 354. There were 254 in Gauteng and 217 in Limpopo.

The Free State recorded a 35% reduction in fatalities - the highest reduction in the country - while Mpumalanga recorded a decline of 23% and Western Cape road deaths declined by 19%.

The period under review was from December 1 to January 15.

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