Fifty-one people have died in 41 separate crashes on Gauteng’s roads since the start of the long weekend on Thursday.

This is according to Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane. She has expressed her disappointment at the growing number of road fatalities.

Nkosi-Malobane’s spokesperson Ofentse Morwane says speeding, roadworthy vehicles and alcohol remain among the leading causes of fatal crashes…

“So far, 252 drunk drivers have been arrested. We wish to caution those who are using our roads to observe the rules of the road, to avoid unnecessary crashes and fatalities. However as a department we will continue with our road awareness campaigns to try and ensure our people understand their responsibilities when they are on the roads.”

Nationwide, six people died in Limpopo, five people in Eastern Cape, and more than 15 killed in Kwazulu-Natal after an accident between Greytown and Dundee on Thursday.