PRETORIA, Dec 28– Nearly 200 people have been killed on KwaZulu-Natal roads in 165 crashes since the start of December.

Provincial Transport and Community Safety MEC Willies Mchunu says they are concerned that more people continue to lose their lives in road accidents, which are mainly caused by human error.

Preliminary reports indicate that 191 people have died in road accidents in KwaZulu-Natal since the beginning of December.

Mchunu says it is worrying that most of the accidents are caused by people who drive under the influence of alcohol.

Law enforcement agencies have issued 26 537 charges to motorists found violating traffic laws.

Most of these are for speeding, unroadworthy vehicles, failure to buckle up and driving without a driver’s license.

Mchunu says law enforcement agencies will continue to conduct overnight operations in all accident hotspots in the province until the end of the holidays.

Meanwhile, one person has been killed and three others injured after a minibus taxi collided with a car on the N3 on the Van Reneen’s Pass on Saturday afternoon.

KwaZulu-Natal emergency services spokesperson Robert McKenzie says the damage to the small motor vehicle appears to be catastrophic.

He adds that while investigations into the exact cause of the accident are still continuing, the poor weather conditions in the area may have contributed to the cause of the crash.

The injured have been taken to the Ladysmith hospital in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.