Case of truck driver involved in Chabane crash postponed

2015-03-17 09:57
Collins Chabane (Sapa)

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Polokwane - The case against a truck driver involved in the crash which killed Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane and two bodyguards has been postponed to 6 April by the Polokwane Magistrate's Court.

Chabane's family members arrived at the court in Limpopo earlier on Tuesday, ahead of the first appearance of a truck driver involved in the crash that killed Chabane and two bodyguards.

There was a strong media presence awaiting the truck driver's arrival in court.

Chabane and sergeants Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane died on Sunday morning when a truck allegedly made a U-turn in front of their car on the N1 between Mokopane and Polokwane.

Chabane and the sergeants died on the scene. The truck driver was unhurt.

The truck driver was arrested and police opened a case of culpable homicide. Police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said it was possible the truck driver could have been under the influence of alcohol.

"When they arrested him, he took a breathalyser test," Otto said.

"It did indicate that he might have been drinking. So we took him to a hospital for blood tests."

Otto could not say how long it would take for the results of the blood tests to be available.

Polokwane police cluster commander Major General Joseph Maepa, told The Star the truck's licence disk expired last year, the driver had a pending case of driving under the influence in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, and faces an assault case in Giyani, Limpopo.

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