Ten fatalities on Western Cape roads | Western Cape Government


Ten fatalities on Western Cape roads

5 June 2017

A preliminary report from Western Cape Provincial Traffic Services indicates that ten people died on the province’s roads over the weekend.

Provincial traffic officers arrested 28 motorists for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol on 2 and 3 June 2017.

  • Eight were arrested in the Caledon service area, 
  • five in Knysna, 
  • three in George,
  • three in Swellendam, 
  • two in Brackenfell, 
  • two in Somerset West, 
  • two in Caledon, 
  • two in Worcester, 
  • and one in Beaufort West.

Breath testing was performed on 1 455 drivers at 22 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Mossel Bay service area. At 1,17 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is over four times the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.

Four other persons were arrested:

  • Two for reckless and negligent driving in Mossel Bay and Somerset West;
  • Two for false documentation in Knysna.

A total of 74 speeding offences were recorded. A total of 202 fines in the amount of R241 900 were issued for a variety of reasons, ranging from driver offences to vehicle fitness violations.

Highest Speeds

  • 162 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the Beaufort West service area, 
  • and 122 km/h in a 100 km/h zone in the Worcester service area.

Details of road fatalities

Date Location of crash Fatalities
Friday, 2 June 2017 R300 1 pedestrian
Friday, 2 June 2017 R60 1 child pedestrian 
Friday, 2 June 2017 R44 Hermon 1 pedestrian
Friday, 2 June 2017 N2 Knysna 1 passenger
Friday, 2 June 2017 N2 Swellendam 1 pedestrian
Friday, 2 June 2017 George 1 driver
Saturday, 3 June 2017 N7 Moorreesburg 1 driver
Saturday, 3 June 2017 Contermanskloof Road, Durbanville 1 motorcyclist
Saturday, 3 June 2017 Darling/ Malmesbury Road 2 passengers


Shorter, darker days, fog and rain during the Western Cape winter months hamper visibility and can increase the risk of a road traffic crash. Don't miss out on your future because you didn't see another road user, or weren't seen yourself. Travel more slowly when visibility is poor and the roads are wet. Wear visible clothing when you walk next to a road. If you are not seen on the road, you may not see your future. 

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Media Enquiries: 

Kenny Africa
Provincial Traffic Chief
Department of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 5114/ 7823
Cell: 084 562 4574
Email: Kenneth.Africa@westerncape.gov.za

Jacques Mostert
Provincial Traffic Spokesperson
Department of Transport and Public Works
Tel: 021 483 7897
Cell: 082 820 0621
Email: Jacques.Mostert2@westerncape.gov.za