Chabane driver was speeding - investigators

2015-03-16 07:29
The scene of the accident where minister Collins Chabane was killed. (<a href=>AlgoaFMNews</a> via Twitter)

The scene of the accident where minister Collins Chabane was killed. (AlgoaFMNews via Twitter)

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Polokwane - A deadly concoction of speed and alcohol is believed to have led to the crash in which Minister of Public Service and Administration, Collins Chabane, and his two bodyguards died early on Sunday morning.

Netwerk24's Marietie Louw-Carstens reported on Monday that the driver of Chabane's white VW Touareg could have been travelling close to 200km/h when he collided with a truck making a U-turn over the N1 highway in Limpopo.

Chabane, 55, driver Sergeant Lesiba Sekele, 45, and bodyguard Sergeant Lawrence Lentsoane, 45, all died on the scene. Sekele was flung out of the vehicle.

They were on their way back to Pretoria from a funeral of a tribal chief in Malamulele. Chabane had been one of the speakers at the funeral.

Drag marks

Philip Smit, a Polokwane attorney and qualified crash scene reconstructor, told Netwerk24 he arrived at the accident scene 30 minutes after the crash.

He measured the drag marks of both vehicles and said it was clear that the Touareg hit the truck at very high speed. The top half of the Touareg was peeled off by the underside of the truck.

Smit added there were no brake marks on the road, and the driver could not have avoided the crash.

The Touareg came to a halt against the steel barrier about 100 metres from the collision. The impact moved the barrier by a metre, Smit said.

Another forensic investigator, Stan Bezuidenhout, told Netwerk24 the driver would have to have been travelling well over the 120km/h speed limit to have sustained the kind of damage seen at the crash.

The driver's speed would have been closer to 150km/h to cause such damage, Bezuidenhout said.


The breakdown truck was apparently making a U-turn to get to a smaller truck on the other side of the highway when Chabane's vehicle collided with it.

A police investigator said the truck driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time. His driver's licence had lapsed, and he had a previous arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as two pending cases of assault.

He was arrested at the scene and will appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Members of Chabane's family had to be supported when they arrived at the scene and saw the wreck.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said at the scene that stricter action will be taken against people driving under the influence of alcohol.

- Family, friends and Colleagues of Collins Chabane are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle for him, on his profile at

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