A case of culpable homicide was opened against the truck driver involved in the crash which killed Minister of Public Service and Administration Collins Chabane, his driver and a bodyguard, Limpopo police said on Sunday.
“We opened a case of culpable homicide that will be investigated,” said Colonel Ronel Otto.
“He was not arrested. We will investigate and take the dockets to court when it’s finalised for a decision.”
The truck driver was not injured in the accident.
“The accident took place at round about 1am between Polokwane and Mokopane, about 30km away from Polokwane,” said Otto.
“According to preliminary information the truck was making a u-turn on the highway, when the vehicle carrying the minister crashed into it.”
Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma has extended condolences to the families of Chabane, his driver and a bodyguard who were killed in a car crash.
“President Jacob Zuma has extended his heartfelt condolences to Mrs Mavis Chabane, wife of the Minister of Public Service and Administration Mr Collins Chabane and also the families of the two protectors of the Minister who passed away earlier this morning,” said spokesperson Mac Maharaj.
Chabane, Sergeant Lesiba Sekele and Sergeant Lawrence Lentsoane were killed instantly when a truck did a u-turn in front of their car on the N1 near Polokwane.
The accident happened at around 1am on Sunday.
Zuma said he was in shock.
“We are still in deep shock. We extend our condolences to the Chabane family and the families of Sergeant Sekele and Sergeant Lentsoane. This is a huge loss to the country and a sad day indeed for all of us,” he said.