Road closed for 15 hours after Chabane's crash

2015-03-15 21:58
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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Johannesburg - Traffic began flowing normally in the late afternoon on Sunday along the N1 between Mokopane and Polokwane at the scene where Public Service Minister Collins Chabane was killed,

Chabane and his bodyguards Sergeant Lesiba Sekele and Sergeant Lawrence Lentsoane were killed instantly when a truck allegedly made a U-turn in front of their car on the N1 near Polokwane in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Chabane was reportedly on his way to Gauteng when the accident occurred.

Authorities closed the road and diverted motorists along the R101 for nearly fifteen hours while police, a scene investigator and traffic officials inspected the area.

Several politicians also visited the accident scene.

Workers at filling stations along the busy N1 route said there was no business since they reported for duty in the morning.

Business started to pick up at 15:00 after a tow truck came to collect the remains of Chabane's car.

Meanwhile, the ANC in Limpopo has suspended its programme to mourn the deaths of Chabane and his bodyguards.

Police have arrested the truck driver. He faced charges of culpable homicide. Blood was drawn from him to test for alcohol.

He would appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Dozens of government leaders visited Chabane's family at Xikundu near Kruger National Park to convey their condolences.

- 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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