Official state funerals for Chabane guards

Sergeants Lesiba Sekele & Lawrence Lentsoane also died in the crash that claimed the minister’s life.

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane addressed the media on governments readiness for the 2014 presidential inauguration in Pretoria on 15 May 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

PRETORIA - Two guards travelling with Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane will also receive state funerals, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday.

He made the comments during a high-level delegation visit to Sergeant Lesiba Sekele's family in Akasia, Pretoria, this afternoon.

Ramaphosa was accompanied by National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi.

Chabane and his security guards were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in collided with a truck on the N1 highway in Limpopo on Sunday morning.

Authorities say the driver of a truck tested positive for alcohol.

The deputy president says the deaths of the two guards had been tough on their relatives.

Ramaphosa added it had also been difficult for their colleagues within the police service.

"All the members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) are distraught because they were outstanding members."

Sekele was behind the wheel during the fatal crash.

Family spokesperson Amos Mananyetso says his death is still a great shock.

"It's not nice. We feel very hurt by the manner in which things have happened. The guy has never had an accident in his whole life."

A memorial service will be held for Chabane and his two guards on Thursday.

Final funeral arrangements are being taken care of by an inter-ministerial team from government.

At the same time, an independent crash scene reconstruction expert who tended to Sunday's fatal collision says according to his investigation the truck involved in the accident was stationery at the time of impact.

Phillip Smith says the minister's car had been travelling at approximately 180 kilometres per hour.

He says the truck was in a position where it could have been easily spotted.

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Meanwhile, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is calling for laws to be amended in order for harsher sentences to be handed down to those who drive under the influence of alcohol.

While the truck driver has been arrested and charged with culpable homicide, Motsoaledi says a murder charge should apply.

"The moment you get into a car and switch on the ignition and you know you have taken some alcohol, you are planning a murder."