State Security offers condolences after fatal accident

2015-12-29 13:27

Johannesburg – The state security ministry on Tuesday offered its condolences to the family of Hermanus van Schalkwyk, a week after he was killed in a head-on collision with one of Minister David Mahlobo's official vehicles.  

Van Schalkwyk, 67, was killed on the R33 near Carolina, Mpumalanga, around 14:30 last Wednesday. He died at the scene. Mahlobo's security guard sustained minor injuries.  

The DA said Van Schalkwyk’s family had since opened a case of culpable homicide against the minister and his VIP guards, and intended suing the State.  

Mahlobo's spokesperson, Brian Dube, said Mahlobo had wanted to visit the family to offer his condolences. After getting legal advice, however, the family had cancelled the visit. 

"The ministry has also noted with concern the politicisation of an unfortunate incident and the resultant loss of life as well as speculative media reports around the collision.

"We call on the relevant authorities to be allowed space to conduct their investigation and related processes in accordance with the law."

Dube said they wished the injured official a speedy recovery.

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