The number of Easter road fatalities has this year decreased by 48%, in comparison to 2018, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande said on Thursday.
"I am pleased to announce that the number of fatalities decreased . . . from 309 in 2018 to 162 in 2019. This marks a decrease of 147 fatalities. However, government is still concerned even by a single loss of life on our roads. All provinces recorded decreases in the number of fatalities," Nzimande told journalists in Pretoria.
The preliminary report covered the period from April 18 to 22.
"This year we recorded 128 crashes, which is a 46% decrease, as compared to the 238 crashes recorded in 2018," said Nzimande.