Seven killed on Western Cape roads | Western Cape Government


Seven killed on Western Cape roads

23 October 2017

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

A total of 30 motorists were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

  • Eight motorists were arrested in the Worcester service area, 
  • four in Swellendam; four in George, 
  • four in Vredenburg, 
  • two in Brackenfell, 
  • two in Swellendam, 
  • two in Knysna, 
  • two in Mossel Bay, 
  • one in Vredendal, and
  • one in Caledon.

In addition, traffic officers arrested two people:

  • One for false documentation in Caledon, and
  • One for false documentation in Mossel Bay.

Breath testing was performed on 1 659 drivers at 23 alcohol blitz roadblocks across the province. The highest breath alcohol reading was recorded in the Brackenfell service area. At 1,23 mg of alcohol/ 1 000 ml of breath, this is over five times the legal limit of 0,24 mg/ 1 000 ml.

A total of 353 speeding offences were recorded and 210 fines in the total amount of R285 500 were issued for a variety of reasons, ranging from driver offences to vehicle fitness violations.

Highest speeds

  • 195 km/h in a 120 km/h zone in the Beaufort West service area, and
  • 140 km/h in a 100 km/h zone in the Swellendam service area.

Details of road fatalities

Date Location of crash Fatalities
Friday, 20 October 2017 Strand 1 passenger
Saturday, 21 October 2017 N1 Paarl 1 driver
1 passenger
Saturday, 21 October 2017 N2 Springfield, Knysna 1 pedestrian
Saturday, 21 October 2017 N2 Macassar 1 pedestrian
Sunday, 22 October 2017 an Riebeeck Road, Paarl 1 driver
Sunday, 22 October 2017 M5 Athlone 1 driver


During October, the Department of Transport and Public Works will be focusing on child road safety including road safety talks at schools, seatbelt compliance, learner transport operations, and scholar patrol audits and training. Comprehensive road safety education for children requires the involvement of traffic officers, parents, teachers and other adults in a community. Together, we can set a good example for children by consistently adhering to the rules of the road.

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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

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