MINISTER KILLED IN CRASH: Collins Chabane and two of his security staff were killed during a car crash on the N1 Highway in Polokwane. Image: SAPA
South African cabinet minister Collins Chabane was killed in a car crash on the N1 highway in Polokwane on Sunday (March 15), President Jacob Zuma said.
Chabane was a minister in the President's office and a member of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee.
The party reports that Chabane’s car collided with a truck performing a U-turn on the N1 from Gauteng to Limpopo. His his driver and a bodyguard were also died in the collision. The truck driver was not injured in the crash.
Colonel Ronel Otto: "[The crash] took place at round about 1am between Polokwane and Mokopane, about 30km from Polokwane.
"According to preliminary information the truck was making a u-turn on the highway, when the vehicle carrying the minister crashed into it.
"We opened a case of culpable homicide that will be investigated. He was not arrested. We will investigate and take the dockets to court when it's finalised for a decision."
'HUGE LOSS TO GOVERNMENT'
Zuma said in a statement: "We are deeply shocked and saddened by this untimely death of an outstanding cadre of our liberation struggle and a competent, accomplished and dependable member of my cabinet."
"This is a huge loss to government and the country as a whole."
Chabane, in his capacity as minister, had lead the planning for the funeral of former President Nelson Mandela. He was previously the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation.