RailwaySafetyRegulatorNews24 reports that according to the latest railway safety statistics revealed by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Tuesday, there has been a decrease in railway fatalities, but an increase in the number of commuters injured due to "operational occurrences".  

The statistics are contained in the annual report compiled by the Railway Safety Regulator.  Operational occurrences included derailments, collisions, level-crossing accidents and incidents where people were struck by moving trains.  Mbalula said 3,990 operational occurrences were recorded for the 2018/2019 reporting year, which ran from April 2018 to March 2019.  The report also revealed that KwaZulu-Natal, North West and the Western Cape accounted for more than half of all level-crossing occurrences (56%), while of the 370 derailments reported, 29 people were injured and one person died.  A total of 375 fatalities were reported (as a result of occurrences), representing a 17% decrease compared to the previous financial year, with 2,660 injuries reported - representing a 23% increase from the year before, said Mbalula.

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