Earlier today, Maswanganyi released the figures at the Government Communication and Information Services head office in Pretoria, where he said that there was a 51% increase in deaths of 235, compared with last year's 156 lives lost over the same period.
Meanwhile, the Northern Cape and North West were among the provinces where the highest increases in road deaths were recorded.
The department of transport was criticised by the DA for continuously running the same road safety campaigns every year, without seeing any significant decline in the number of deaths which occur over the Easter period.
"The vehicle types that made a high contribution to fatal crashes were cars and LDVs, with contributions of 49% and 20% respectively".
"Human factor still remains a causal factor for most of the crashes during this Easter period".
"Cars and (light delivery vehicles) contributed 69% of all fatalities‚" Chikunga said.
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Maswanganyi says most of the fatalities happened in residential areas, between midnight and 5am.
The statistics also showed that half of those who died in motor accidents were passengers‚ pedestrians accounted for 24.5% of all fatalities‚ followed by drivers at 19.8% and cyclists at 5.7%.
Eastern Cape: 17% increase in fatalities from 24 in 2016 to 27 this year.
- Limpopo recorded a 30 percent increase in fatalities, from 23 fatalities in 2016 to 30 this year.
The Road Traffic Management Corporation said speeding and overloading were the main offences during the Easter holidays.