The Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa on Monday confirmed that 26 people were killed in accidents on the provinces' roads this past weekend.
MEC for Transport and public works at Western Cape Government, Donald Grant says these statistics are not acceptable and, in fact, the reported number has risen to 34.
He speaks to CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies about ways to combat road deaths in the province.
According to Grant, road accidents cost South Africa's economy about R162 billion annually.
He says the laws relating to drivers need to change.
Where every driver who is involved in a fatal collision is temporarily suspended until there is a full investigation around the accident.— Donald Grant, MEC for Transport and public works - Western Cape Government
I think we will start having drivers waking up and saying I have to take responsibility and accountability when I am behind the wheel.— Donald Grant, MEC for Transport and public works - Western Cape Government
Grant says the Road Traffic Management Corporation needs to start implementing tenets of road safety which are evaluation, enforcement, engineering, and education.
To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Change the laws and let drivers take the fall for road deaths - Donald Grant