Charges withdrawn against Chabane 'assassination plot' man

2015-05-07 14:18
Mourners gather in Xikundu, Limpopo, for the funeral of public service and administration minister, Collins Chabane. (Neria Hlakotsa via Twitter)

Mourners gather in Xikundu, Limpopo, for the funeral of public service and administration minister, Collins Chabane. (Neria Hlakotsa via Twitter)

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Polokwane - Charges were provisionally withdrawn on Thursday against Thembani Chabane, the man who claimed on social media that late minister Collins Chabane was assassinated.

The claim led to his arrest on charges of crimen injuria and incitement to violence.

"The case against you is provisionally withdrawn, once the State has its house in order you will be called back," Magistrate Mohamed Shaik said in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court.

He was arrested after Chabane, who was public service minister, and his two bodyguards died in a car crash along the N1 between Mokopane and Polokwane.

Thembani Chabane then took to Facebook and made claims that Collins Chabane had been assassinated.

His remarks angered the late minister's family and members of the ANC.

Thembani claimed an ANC PEC member had hired assassins to end the minister's life.

However, when he failed to provide any evidence he was arrested and charged.

Chabane died in March in a car crash after truck driver Amukelani Rikhotso allegedly made a u-turn along the N1, south of Polokwane. He died with his bodyguards, sergeant Lawrence Lentsoane and Lesiba Sekele.

The truck driver was arrested.

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