These are the 20 most dangerous roads in South Africa

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has published a list of the most dangerous roads to travel in South Africa.

The list is based on which roads where the most fatal crashes take place, and the roads which provincial authorities have identified as needing a higher concentration of resources to prevent crashes.

According to the AA, 2016 saw 14,071 people die on South Africa’s roads – a significant jump from 12,944 deaths recorded in 2015, a 9% increase, with over 1,120 more people dying, year-on-year.

This is the highest annual road death toll since 2007 when 14,920 people died on South African roads. In 2006, 15,419 people died on the country’s roads, the AA said.

The report found that the largest proportion of accidents in South Africa occurring between 19:00 – 20:00 in the evenings (9%), when visibility has been reduced but work traffic flows are still relatively heavy.

In comparison, fewer accidents (3%) occur during off-peak hours such as 04:00 – 05:00 in the early morning, or between 9:00 – 10:00 when most motorists are already at work.

Ranking Route Number Location
1 N2 East London – Umtata
2 N2 Umtata – Kokstad
3 N1 Mokopane – Polokwane
4 N2 Polokwane – Makhado
5 N4 Middelberg – Belfast
6 N2 Durban – Tongaat
7 N12 Springs – Witbank
8 R573 Pretoria – Kwamhlanga
9 N1 Nabommspruit – Mokopane
10 R71 Polokwane – Tzaneen
11 R40 Hazyview – Hoedspruit
12 R61 Port St Johns – Bizana
13 N2 Cape Town – Somerset West
14 N2 King Williams Town – East London
15 R61 Queenstown – Umtata
16 N3 Warden – Villiers
17 N4 Waterval Boven – Nelspruit
18 R573 Moloto Road
19 N14 Coligny – Biesiesvlei
20 N17 Leandra – Ermelo

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These are the 20 most dangerous roads in South Africa