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article imageSouth Africa's holiday road death toll exceeds 1000

By Miriam Mannak     Jan 2, 2012 in World
Over 1023 people have been killed on South Africa's roads between the first and the last day of December last year, traditionally the South African holiday season.
These people - 35 a day - have died in a total of 853 traffic crashes.
While some of these accidents were small, others claimed multiple lives. On December 27, 19 people were killed during a head-on collision between minivan taxi and a car. As both vehicles caught alight, some victims including children were burnt beyond recognition.
Nine people survived the ordeal and were admitted to hospital.
South Africa has had a bad reputation when it comes to road safety for years. The country has a road fatality rate (39,7 per 100.000) that is almost double the global average.
Each and every year, over 14.000 South Africans die and some 150.000 are left injured. Half of these injuries and deaths are caused directly or indirectly by alcohol.
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