CRASH HORROR: The scene of the accident where minister Collins Chabane and two bodyguards were killed. Image: AlgoaFMNews via Twitter.
JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng - The driver of the breakdown tow-truck under which public service and administration minister Collins Chabane's car crashed, killing him and his two security personnel, will appear in Polokwane Magistrate's Court today (March 17 2015).
The truck was said to have been making a U-turn across the N1 near Polokwane at about 1am on Sunday (March 15) when the VW Touareg carrying Chabane and two bodyguards collided with it.
INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL
Chabane and sergeants Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane died as the top of their car ripped off. The truck driver was unhurt and was later arrested. A charge of culpable homicide is expected to be levelled.
Police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said it was possible the truck driver had 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.
The Star quoted Automobile Association spokesperson Marius Luyt as saying that if the minister's car had been travelling within the speed limit it should have been able to stop safely.Polokwane cluster commander Major-General Joseph Maepa told The Star the licence disc displayed in the tow-truck had expired in 2014