Here are the Easter road death stats per province

Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi announced a 51% increase in the number of road fatalities over the Easter period this year.

The minister released the road crash statistics on Friday, saying that the fatalities had increased to 235 compared to 187 last year.

Some of the deadliest crashes over the Easter weekend were recorded in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

The highest increases have been recorded in the Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, the Western Cape and the North West.

Reasons for the fatalities include drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts, drinking and driving and overloading.

Transport department spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi explains passengers contributed to half of the road deaths.

Below is a breakdown of what contributed the most in the fatalities:

  • passengers (50%)
  • pedestrians (24.5%)
  • drivers (19.8%)
  • cyclists (5.7%)

Below is the breakdown of stats per province:

  • Free State: 27% decrease
  • Western Cape: 57% increase
  • Eastern Cape: 17% increase
  • North West: 50% increase
  • Northern Cape: 175% increase
  • Gauteng: 58% increase
  • KwaZulu-Natal: 111% increase
  • Mpumalanga: 33% increase
  • Limpopo: 30% increase

Take a listen to Mnisi unpack the stats:

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