Bapela crash: Truck driver arrested

2016-02-27 17:13
Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Obed Bapela. (GCIS)

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Obed Bapela. (GCIS)

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Cape Town – The truck driver implicated in the crash which left Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Obed Bapela and his driver injured has been arrested, it was reported on Saturday.

eNCA and EWN reported that police had stated that the man was behind bars.

He had been charged with drunk and negligent driving, Colonel Noxolo Khweza was quoted as saying.

Bapela was reported to be is in a stable condition following the collision on Friday night on the N12 near Fochville. 

His spokesperson Tsakane Baloyi confirmed that the minister was involved in the car crash while travelling as part of a convoy which included several law enforcement vehicles

"He is out of danger, the minister is stable," Baloyi said.

His driver was also in a stable condition recovering in hospital.

The accident happened when a truck allegedly veered into their lane, ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said on Friday.

"The driver of the SUV explained that he swerved in order to avoid a head-on collision and the truck collided with the side of the SUV sending it off the road into... veld next to the road," Vermaak said. 

"The impact ripped one of the SUV's rear doors off."

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