Sentence imposed on Chabane truck driver welcomed

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 8, 2016

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has welcomed the sentence imposed on the truck driver responsible for the crash that killed former Public Service and Administration Minister, Collins Chabane, in March last year.

On Friday, the Mankweng Magistrate’s Court in Polokwane sentenced Amukelani Rikhotso to six years behind bars for culpable homicide, driving under the influence and failing to obey road traffic sign after the Minister’s Volkswagen Touareg slammed into his truck on the N1 between Polokwane and Mokopane in the early hours of March 15th.

Rikhotso has been carrying out an illegal U-turn when Minister’s vehicle hit his, slicing its roof clean off and also resulting in the deaths of bodyguard Lesiba Sekele and driver Lawrence Lentsoane. Rikhotso’s license was suspended for six months and he was declared unfit to hold a firearm.

“The RTMC reiterates it's warning to truck owners, drivers and other motorists that reckless and negligent driving is a criminal offence. All road users must obey the rules of road at all times or face consequences,” RTMC spokesperson Simon Zwane said in a statement.

“It is the duty of the public transport operators to ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy. Failure to do this is punishable regardless of who was driving the vehicle at time of the incident”.