Five road users killed on Western Cape roads this weekend | Western Cape Government


Five road users killed on Western Cape roads this weekend

10 April 2017

A preliminary report from Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services indicates that three pedestrians and two drivers died on the province’s roads over the weekend.

Provincial traffic officers arrested 21 motorists for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol on 7 and 8 April 2017.

  • Ten were arrested in the George service area, 
  • three in Brackenfell, 
  • three in Somerset West, 
  • one in Swellendam, 
  • one in Vredenburg, 
  • one in Vredendal, 
  • one in Mossel Bay, and
  • one in Worcester.

Breath testing was performed on 1 097 drivers at 20 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Caledon service area. At 1,56 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is over six times the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.

Three other persons were arrested:

  • One for false documentation in Vredenburg.
  • One for reckless and negligent driving in Vredenburg.
  • One for possession of a stolen vehicle in Worcester.

A total of 21 speeding offences were recorded. A total of 179 fines in the amount of R245 100 were issued for a variety of reasons, ranging from driver offences to vehicle fitness violations.

Highest speeds recorded

  • 150 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the Beaufort West service area, 
  • 121 km/h in a 100 km/h zone in the Swellendam service area, and
  • 106 km/h in an 80 km/h zone in the Somerset West service area.

Details of road fatalities

Date Location of crash Fatalities
Friday, 7 April 2017 N1 Joostenberg Vlakte 1 pedestrian
Friday, 7 April 2017 Main Road, Somerset West 1 driver
Saturday, 8 April 2017 N1 Rawsonville 1 driver
Saturday, 8 April 2017 N2 between Albertinia and Mossel Bay 1 pedestrian
Saturday, 8 April 2017 N1 Worcester 1 pedestrian


With the Easter weekend fast approaching, we urge the public to assist us to create safer roads. The fewer incidents on our roads, the more quickly our response agencies can attend to emergencies. We can’t ensure road safety alone. All of us have a role to play.

Follow Safely Home on Twitter @WCGovSafelyHome under the hashtag #BeTheChange.

Media Enquiries: 

Kenny Africa
Provincial Traffic Chief
Department of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 5114/ 7823
Cell: 084 562 4574


Jacques Mostert
Provincial Traffic Spokesperson
Department of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 7897
Cell: 082 820 0621