10/01/2017 11:47 SAST | Updated 10/01/2017 12:15 SAST

Road Deaths Increase By 5% This Festive Season

The 2017 festive period saw 1,714 road deaths.

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More than 1,700 deaths were recorded on South African roads over the 2016/17 festive season, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announced on Tuesday.

The minister told reporters in Midrand that the figure of 1,714 was a 5% increase over the last festive season.

Light motor vehicles accounted for 49% of crashes.

Limpopo recorded the highest increase of accidents, while the Eastern Cape recorded the biggest drop.

More to follow.