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2015-03-15 09:09

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.

CULPABLE HOMICIDE

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.

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