KwaZulu-Natal had the most fatal accidents. (Herman Verwey, City Press/Gallo)

KwaZulu-Natal had the most fatal accidents. (Herman Verwey, City Press/Gallo)

ALTOGETHER 1,143 people have died in 924 crashes during the festive season up to December 28, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Tuesday.

KwaZulu-Natal had the most fatal accidents, with 249 deaths from 211 crashes, Ms Peters told reporters in Durban.

In Gauteng there were 174 deaths from 156 fatal crashes. The Eastern Cape had 161 deaths from 129 fatal crashes.

Ms Peters said there was a decrease of 50 deaths compared with the same period in 2013, but the surge in accidents and deaths since December 23 was worrying.