Chabane bodyguards’ alcohol test results expected soon

FILE PICTURE: The wreckage of the car that Minster in the Presidency, Collins Chabane was killed along with two police officers after colliding with a truck that was apparently doing a u turn on the highway in the early hours of 15 March 2015. Picture Twitter

Limpopo police on Tuesday said they were waiting for alcohol test results of two body guards who died with Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane in a car accident.

Sergeants Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane died with Chabane on March 15 when a car they were travelling in collided with a truck. The accident happened on the N1 highway between Polokwane and Mokopane.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto said it was still not clear who was driving the car in which the three were travelling. “Both of them were tested. I cannot say when the results will be released. They will be presented to the court case,” said Otto.

Otto said the police had not yet received a formal complaint on the claim made by Thembani Chabane that a Limpopo provincial executive committee member of the ANC had a hand in Chabane’s death.

Thembani, who claimed to be Chabane’s relative, wrote on Facebook that truck driver Amukelani Rikhotso had confessed to having been hired to obstruct the way when Chabane’s official VW Touareg approached from behind the truck. Rikhotso was charged with culpable homicide, reckless and negligent driving.

“I am not sure if we are aware of those social media allegations. Our investigation is looking into all aspects of the matter.”

The ANC in the province had since dismissed Thembani’s claims.

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