MEC for Community Safety and Transport Management in the North West, Sello Lehari, says the province recorded 18 less road deaths this past festive season. This in comparison to the year 2018 December holidays.
Lehari officially released the provincial 2019 festive season accident statistics on Tuesday in Mahikeng, after Transport minister Fikile Mbalula released the national statistics earlier this year.
The MEC said though the province came fourth nationally in recording fatal crashes reduction of 16%, North West could have done better.
“The province came fourth in total in the country in terms of fatal crashes reduction with 16%, following Western Cape that had 19%, Mpumalanga with 23% and Free State with 35%,” said Lehari.
He said Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality had the most improved stats in reducing road deaths this past festive season.
“Bojanala had the highest number of fatalities with 39, followed by Ngaka Modiri Molema with 27, Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati with 23 and Dr Kenneth Kaunda with 13. Therefore Dr Kenneth Kaunda in terms of fatalities reduction is position one,” Lehari adds.
According to the MEC, pedestrians made up a significant number of fatalities at 52, which was13 more than in 2018/2019.
"Drivers who were involved in accidents as a result of losing control of vehicles were 43. Crashes that resulted in head-on collisiond after overtaking were five, one less than the previous year. As indicated earlier, we can do more and shall do more,” said Lehari