Truck driver in Collins Chabane crash arrested, charged

The Public Service & Administration Minister was killed when his car collided with a truck making a U-turn.

Public Service & Administration Minister Collins Chabane was killed when his car collided with a truck in the early hours on 15 March 2015. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Police have confirmed the truck driver involved in a deadly accident in which Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane was killed has been arrested.

Chabane died in a car accident on the N1 in Polokwane in the early hours of this morning.

It's believed his car collided with a truck that was making a U-turn on the highway.

Two of his security staff were also killed in the crash.

The police's Ronel Otto says the driver will be charged with culpable homicide.

"It's alleged that the driver of the truck was making a U-turn on the highway when the vehicle carrying the minister crashed into the truck. Both he and his two protectors died on the scene. The driver of the truck was not injured and he was arrested on the scene on a charge of culpable homicide."

Meanwhile, as South Africans wake up to the tragic news, there's general shock about Chabane's death.

President Jacob Zuma has described him as an outstanding cadre of the liberation struggle and an accomplished member of his Cabinet.

Zuma's spokesperson, Mac Maharaj says, "As a veteran of the liberation struggle, Chabane was also a long serving member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC)."

The ANC's Zizi Kodwa says Chabane was a talented individual.

"He was an all-round person. In music, he was an artist; he was also good in sport. These are the things he learned while in exile. Also be aware, he was a good lawyer. He played an important role in the development of the ANC's constitution."

The Congress of the People (Cope)'s Dennis Bloem says Chabane was a hard working minister.

"Cope feels a deep sense of anguish at him being taken away so unexpectedly. We are deeply shaken, as no doubt will be his family."

Chabane served as Minister In Presidency for Planning before he was appointed to head the Public Service And Administration Department.