A total of 237 people were killed in 179 collisions on South Africa's roads between Freedom Day and Monday, according to the Transport Department.
Unlike the previous long weekend, over the Easter holidays, there was less police visibility on the country's national roads.
Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) suggests that the reduced visibility of traffic officials over the long weekend was due to deployment to several political activities.
The challenge that confronted us during this extra-ordinarily long weekend was the fact that we had political activities in relation to both Freedom Day and Worker's Day.— Makhosini Msibi, Chief Executive Officer for the Road Traffic Management Corporation
RTMC CEO Makhosini Msibi says that several events resulted in the absence of law enforcement in municipalities.
Msibi has proposed to the Department of Public Service and Administration that traffic officials be uniquely employed to enable a 24 hour service deployment.
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The total road fatalities in South Africa since Freedom Day by province.
This article first appeared on 702 : Less traffic cops over long weekend due to political events - road safety agency