Chabane crash: Truck driver to appear in court


The truck driver involved with the fatal accident of Public Services and Administration Minister, Collins Chabane, is set to appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court later today on charges of culpable homicide and possible driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Chabane and two of his bodyguards, Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane, died instantly when their Volkswagen Touareg smashed into the truck on N1 near Polokwane in the early hours of Sunday morning. The truck driver reportedly tried to carry-out a U-turn before being impacted by the white SUV.

Images posted shortly after the accident, showed that the top half of the Touareg had been ripped-off, suggesting that it went underneath the truck before impacting the guard rail. It has also been reported that speed could have played in a part in the accident with investigators estimating that the Touareg was travelling at close to 200 km/h en-route from Polokwane back to Pretoria, where the minister had been attending the funeral of a tribal chief in Malamulele.

Toxicology tests carried on the driver is also expected to be revealed in the sitting with Eyewitness News claiming that he had appeared on a similar case of drunk driving before.


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