Truck driver in Collins Chabane crash tested positive for alcohol

Police say blood tests are yet to confirm whether the driver was within the legal limit or not.

Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane at Presidential Inauguration at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings, Pretoria. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have confirmed that the truck driver implicated in the crash that killed Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane and his two security officials tested positive for alcohol on scene.

The driver has been arrested and charged with culpable homicide and after he allegedly made a U-turn on the N1 highway near Polokwane.

Chabane's car collided with the truck and he and his security staff were killed on impact.

The police's Ronel Otto says police performed a breathalyser test on the scene which showed that the driver had alcohol in his system.

"The suspect was arrested on charges of culpable homicide as well as reckless and negligent driving, and a breathalyser test indicated that he might have been under the influence of alcohol, so following his arrest he was taken to the hospital to do blood tests which will now be sent to our forensics department in Pretoria for analysing."

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says he is unable to confirm as yet whether or not the driver of the truck that struck Chabane's vehicle was drunk.

Whether the driver was within the legal limit or not remains to be seen.

Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau says South Africa has been dealt a double blow by the deaths of rapper Nkululeko 'Flabba' Habedi and Chabane.

Tau was speaking at the funeral of the slain rapper in Alexandra today.

Tau also sent condolences to Chabane's family.

He says Chabane's death is a loss to South African politics and music.

"He took time out of his busy schedule to release an album to say this is what I love most, this is what I want to do. Politics is my contribution to society, music is the way in which I express myself."