Transport Minister, Blade Nzimande has appealed to all motorists to be vigilant when using the country’s roads during this long weekend.
Nzimande says since the beginning of this long weekend, there has been an increase in the number of people travelling to various destinations around the country.
At least eight road deaths have been reported in Gauteng alone.
Nzimande’s spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi says traffic officers will be out in full force.
“Our law enforcement operations will target enforcement of legislation of wearing seatbelts, using cell phones while driving, un-roadworthy vehicles, whilst they continue to clamp down on drunken driving, excessive speed and other moving violations,” says Mnisi.
Meanwhile, Nzimande has extended his condolences to the families and friends of the seven passengers who died in a bakkie that collided with a train at the Buttskop Level Crossing, in Blackheath, Cape Town.