Over 600 pedestrians killed every year in W Cape ( nearly half the road deaths)

More than 600 pedestrians killed every year in the Western Cape – that’s 48% of all road fatalities, up from 43% two years ago.

Western Cape MEC for transport, Donald Grant says a lot has been done to ensure the reduction of pedestrian deaths on the Western Cape roads.

He says the City of Cape town in collaboration with the traffic department has been running campaigns to teach children about road safety.

Because of the education provided to people, numbers of pedestrians dying on the roads have decreased, says Grant.

It is a question of training people, working with community leaders, to make sure that they are aware of the dangers and to respect and obey the rule of law...

Donald Grant, Western Cape MEC for transport

Grant says structural efforts that have been put in place to ensure people don't cross the highways have been vandalised.

He says they have erected metal fences on top of the concrete barriers but they get removed and are presumably sold as scrap metal.

We are trying our best with the City of Cape Town and SANRAL to look at these safety issues.

Donald Grant, Western Cape MEC for transport

To hear more on what the MEC is doing to reduce pedestrian deaths, listen below:


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