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Easter weekend accident death toll at 103 so far

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The Road Traffic Management Corporation says at least 103 people have been killed in road accidents through the country over the long weekend.

Sanral says road accidents in South Africa would continue until motorists behaviour was addressed. (Gallo)

At least 103 people were killed in road accidents throughout the country over the Easter long weekend, the Road Traffic Management Corporation said on Monday.

"Up to the end of Saturday night, there were 103 fatalities and 80 crashes," said the corporation's chief executive, Gilberto Martins. "We don't have the full count. The final report will only be submitted tomorrow [Tuesday], and after 2pm it will be available."

Gauteng's community safety department said traffic continued to peak on Monday and the freeways were congested.

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said road accidents in South Africa would continue until motorists behaviour was addressed.

"Until a number of road safety issues have been addressed we can expect the carnage on South African roads specifically around holiday seasons to continue," Sanral's road safety manager Elna Fourie said in a statement on Monday.

Fourie said Sanral's planned road safety event at the University of Pretoria on Tuesday would see a number of South Africans pledging responsible behaviour. These included not to text, drink, or speed while driving. – Sapa

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