A total of 237 people died on South Africa’s roads from 29 April to 2 May.
Speaking in Pretoria on Tuesday, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said 179 fatal collisions were experienced on the country’s roads during this period.
“This past long weekend was one of the saddest moments in the history of our country with many lives lost on the roads and scores injured,” Minister Peters said.
Four major collisions claimed the lives of about 30 people throughout the country.
In Gauteng’s Randfontein, 15 people died when a truck collided with a minibus taxi. In the Western Cape, five people lost their lives when an SUV crashed into a sedan in George.
In Limpopo, nine people died when a minibus crashed into a trailer, near Nylplaza in Mokopane, and one person died in a multiple car collision involving four cars on the N2 between East London and Mooiplaas in the Eastern Cape.
“Most worrying are the causes of these major crashes which include drunk driving, overtaking when it is unsafe to do so, reckless and negligent driving as well as speeding,” Minister Peters said.
Compared to the same period last year, there has been an increase of 106 fatalities.