Update: Obed Bapela recovering in hospital after car crash in JHB
ER24 says it's unclear what caused last night's crash between a truck and the minister's car.
JOHANNESBURG - It's understood the Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Obed Bapela, is recovering in hospital following a collision on the N12 near Fochville in Gauteng.
ER24 says it's unclear what caused last night's crash between a truck and the car transporting the deputy minister.
Upon arrival, paramedics say they were greeted by a number of police officers already on the scene.
ER24's Werner Vermaak said, "Shortly after 8pm, paramedics attended to a collision on the N12. It's understood that a high profile member of government was involved in the collision. He was treated, along with his driver, for moderate injuries and later transported to the Milpark Hospital.
Earlier, the department said Bapela was recovering in hospital after sustaining minor injuries.
It says it will wait for the outcomes of a police investigation before divulging further details of the crash.
Spokesperson Tsakane Baloyi said, "I was informed this morning by our chief of staff that our Deputy Minister, Mr Obed Bapela, was involved in an accident. He is in a stable condition. He's doing well."
_Editor's note: Earlier, EWN reported that Andries Nel was the politician involved in the accident. This is incorrect. We sincerely apologise for the error and have amended the article with the correct information. _