Truck driver in fatal Collins Chabane crash pleads guilty

2016-04-14 17:30


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Polokwane - The driver of the truck who was involved in a crash that killed Public Services and Administration Minister Collins Chabane pleaded guilty on Thursday.

Amukelani Rikhotso pleaded guilty to culpable homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol in the Mankweng Magistrate's Court on Thursday, nearly a year after the crash that killed Chabane and his two assistants.

Rikhotso’s legal counsel Edward Sithole successfully applied to have his bail extended pending the pre-sentencing report and sentencing.

Sithole told the court his client had been reliable and attended court proceedings since his arrest, and asked that he remain out on bail until sentencing on June 15.

"The accused has been faithfully attending court since the case started, so we pray that the bail be extended," Sithole said.

The State did not object to the application, and Magistrate Jane Ngobeni granted the bail extension.

Chabane died with his driver and bodyguard, Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane, in March last year in the crash along the N1 near Polokwane.

The accident occurred after Rikhotso made a U-Turn along on the four-lane road that March morning.

Chabane was being driven in his VW Toureg V6 TDi when it was hit by Rhikotso's six-ton truck.

Rikhotso confessed that he had consumed beer, but explained that his truck had broken down and that he did not think he would be driving again after he had drank.

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