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Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula presented the 2022 festive season road traffic stats. Images via Twitter/@Dotransport.

Significant decline in 2022 festive season road fatalities

1451 people lost their lives on South African roads during the 2022 festive season, a 13.9% decline in road fatalities compared to 2021.

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Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula presented the 2022 festive season road traffic stats. Images via Twitter/@Dotransport.

Road fatalities during the 2022/23 festive season declined from 1685 to 1451, a 13.9% decline compared to the same period in the previous year. 

This was revealed by Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula during a media briefing on Tuesday, 17 January. 


The Department of Transport said the festive season began on 1 December 2022 and ended on 11 January 2023 to ensure consistency in the way it measures progress and to find ways to improve efforts in arresting road carnage.

Driver fatalities declined from 28% in the previous period to 27% in the 2022 festive season whle cyclist fatalities declined from 3% in the previous period to 2% in the same festive season. 

“Road users must at all times appreciate that the road is a shared space and drivers have the responsibility to look out for pedestrians and cyclists, while these road users must also behave safely,” Mbalula said. 

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  • In the 2022 festive period, most crashes occurred between 17h00 and 22h00, particularly on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • Most fatal crashes involved light motor vehicles, followed by light delivery vehicles, minibusses, and trucks. 
  • Light motor vehicles contributed 39% to the fatal crashes, followed by light delivery vehicles at 16%. Minibus vehicles contributed 7%, and trucks accounted for 4%.
  • Most fatalities were recorded between 15 to 21 December and 22 to 28 December 2022. Fatalities recorded over this period were 327 and 316, respectively.

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Mbalula said pedestrian fatalities remain a significant source of concern.

  • Pedestrian fatalities significantly increased by 10% year-on-year, from 31% in the previous period to 41% in the current festive season. 

Out of every 100 road crash fatalities, 41 are pedestrians. In Gauteng and Western Cape, pedestrian fatalities constitute 54% of all fatalities, implying that, or every 100 people that died from a road crash, 54 were pedestrians.

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Passenger fatalities recorded a 7% decline for this festive season, with 31% recorded in the current period, compared to 38% in the previous festive season. 

“Our message to buckle up must continue to resonate with motorists as a life-saving mechanism. We have seen unbuckled children and adults alike being flown out of cars resulting in serious injuries and deaths that could have been prevented,” Mbalula said.

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