Accused in Chabane case charged with assaulting journalist

2015-08-18 17:54
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 - Limpopo police have confirmed a truck driver accused of causing the death of public service minister Collins Chabane was being investigated for assault.

"A case of assault common was opened at the Polokwane police station this afternoon [Tuesday] after the suspect in the culpable homicide case of the late minister Chabane and his bodyguards, allegedly assaulted an SABC cameraman by smashing his fist into the camera that caused slight injuries to the face of the operator," police spokesperson Ronel Otto said.

The case would be investigated and, on completion, sent to the office of the director of public prosecutions (DPP) for a final decision.

Amukelani Rikhotso, 30, from Giyani, allegedly lunged at a cameraman as he left the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. It is believed Rikhotse punched the camera, hitting the cameraman on the forehead.

Rikhotso is expected back in court on September 25 to hear the DPP's decision on the exact charges levelled against him relating to the fatal crash.

He was arrested in March after being involved in the accident that killed Chabane and two members of his security detail - sergeants Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane.

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