South Africa 20.3.2015 01:29 pm

Memorial service of Chabane underway

FILE PICTURE: Children of Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane take a moment at his memorial service, 19 March 2015, at Pretoria Exhibition Centre.  Chabane was killed instantly on last Sunday when a truck attempted a U-turn in front of their car on the N1near Polokwane.  Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

FILE PICTURE: Children of Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane take a moment at his memorial service, 19 March 2015, at Pretoria Exhibition Centre. Chabane was killed instantly on last Sunday when a truck attempted a U-turn in front of their car on the N1near Polokwane. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Polokwane- The memorial service for the late Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane is underway at Jack Botes hall.

The memorial service is attended by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi, among others. Chabane and his two bodyguards-sergeants Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane died in a car crash in the early hours of Sunday on the N1 between Polokwane and Mokopane. Initial reports suggested a Nissan truck, travelling towards Pretoria, was in front of Chabane’s car when it made a U-turn.

The truck driver, 30, Amukelani Rikhotso, was allegedly over the legal blood alcohol limit and was arrested at the scene.

He appeared in the Polokwanes’ Magistrate Court this week, facing three counts of culpable homicide, reckless driving and drunken driving charges. Rikhotso was remanded in custody.

The funerals of Chabane and the two bodyguards will take place on Saturday.

Chabane is survived by his mother, Elizabeth, wife, Mavis and two children, Matimba and Tsakani.

-ngwakom@citizen.co.za

 

today in print