Many arrested for drunken driving over bloody ‘Youth Day’ long weekend

Twenty-eight people will appear at various courts around the North West today, June 18, for drunken driving during the long weekend.

Police spokesperson, Sam Tselenyane, tells OFM News, 44 more motorists were fined for Road Traffic Offences such as driving without a driver’s licence, driving of unroadworthy vehicles and overloading. Tselenyane says motorists should obey the rules of the road.

This, as the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) called this long weekend “the bloodiest” weekend the country has seen. This comes as at least 38 people died in just two of the country’s provinces: Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The RTMC says it will be investigating the three major crashes, notably the one where a minibus taxi was allegedly overloaded when it got involved in an accident that left 24 people dead.

Central South Africa was relatively quiet over the long weekend. Three people died in a head-on collision that occurred on the R103 outside Villiers in the Free State on Sunday. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) spokesperson in the province, Sipho Towa, says one person is in a critical condition while three have sustained moderate injuries in the accident between the vehicles. The four patients were transported to Mafube Hospital in Frankfort.