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Chabane crash: Case postponed

By Charl Bosch - Mar 17, 2015
Chabane crash: Case postponed

The Polokwane Magistrate's Court has postponed the case against the truck driver responsible for the death of Public Service and Administration Minister, Collins Chabane, till April 6th for further investigation.

Twenty-nine year old Amukelani Rikhotso faces three charges of culpable homicide and single for drunk driving, after the minister and two of his bodyguards died instantly in the early hours of Sunday morning, when their Volkswagen Touareg crashed into his truck on the N1 between Polokawne and Mokopane in Limpopo.

According to The Citizen, Rikhotso was driving in front when he suddenly made a U-turn. Images later released showed that the front end, and most of the SUV’s roof, had been sliced off, sparking suspicions that excessive speed could have resulted in the Touareg going underneath the truck before it crahsed into the guard rail.

Investigators at the crash site reportedly found no indication of skid marks, which indicated that driver, Lesiba Sekele, had no time to react when the truck started to turn.

A memorial service for Chabane, Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane is expected to take place on Thursday with the funerals secluded for Saturday.


CAPTION: The remains of the Chabane's Volkswagen Touareg after colliding with Amukelani Rikhotso's truck IMAGE sourced from hypeavenue.com