Chabane and his bodyguards Sergeant Lesiba Sekele and Sergeant Lawrence Lentsoane were killed instantly when a truck allegedly made a u-turn in front of their car on the N1 near Polokwane in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Chabane was reportedly on his way to Gauteng when the accident occurred. Authorities closed the road and diverted motorists along the R101 for nearly fifteen hours while police, a scene investigator and traffic officials inspected the area.
Several politicians also visited the accident scene. Workers at filling stations along the busy N1 route said there was no business since they reported for duty in the morning. Business started to pick up at 3pm after a tow truck came to collect the remains of Chabane’s car.
Meanwhile, the ANC in Limpopo has suspended its program to mourn the deaths of Chabane and his bodyguards. Police have arrested the truck driver. He faced charges of culpable homicide. Blood was drawn from him to test for alcohol.
He would appear in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. Dozens of government leaders visited Chabane’s family at Xikundu near Kruger National Park to convey their condolences.