To echo what other have said, this is a truly tragic occurance.
However, it needs some perspective. The death toll on SA's roads in December was in excess of 4000.!! Thats just one month. And thats not a seasonal spike. It's that every month
As others have said here, there are a ton of 'special conditions' that make driving, and especially riding here a challenging game.
Taxi Buses. If you can imagine the most random thing in the universe, multiplyit by infinity and you won't even come to 10% of the randomness of these f
kers! 90% of the buses are unroadworthy, driven by unlicensed drivers who typically come from a neighbouring Arican Nation and have the spacial awarenes of chair.
Pot holes. Yes, there are lots of them, some so huge you can see peopl emining at the bottom. However, given that they are a known quantity, they tend to do more damage than physical harm. I hit a real biggy at 230+ and just skipped over it, Barnes Wallis stylee.
Pedestrians. Now these are truly scary. This is not a racist comment, bu tthe indiginous population seems to have a total lack of spacial awareness and depth perception. Some say it stems from spending their formative years in a blanket wrapped to their mothers back so all they see is 2 inches in front of them.
However, whatever it is, make no mistake, the vast majority of the road deaths here are people wandering around on the roads, crossing highways and such not realising they maybe need to move a little faster until just before they get hit. Sadly, i can recount several occaisions where i have passes the scene of a RTA where the coroner is walking along the highway picking up body parts that have been dragged and torn apart along a 1km stretch of road.
Another massive hazard is the general appalling standard of driving. A friend girlfriend was killed on her GS just beofre Xmas where a guy just pulled out on her, knocked her into the oncoming traffic where she went head to head with a truck. Again, it's the spacial awareness and depth/speed perception.
So whilst it is truly the best place to ride, you need to do so understanding that the locals are a bit scary. Add in the high speeds we usually ride at and you need to ride with your eyes on stalks. My simple mantra here is blind corners, back right off. Side junctions? back right off. Car on the side? Bck right off. Pedestrians,, yep, back right off.
But when it's clear, go 260+
So until the info is released, who knows what happend here. But whatever it was, someone has lost their life, a wife is widowed a son or daughter is fatherless and nothing will change that. But don't believe all the hysterical Saffa's hype, especially the ones who have fled. It's Africa, with African challenges. Still an amazing place.