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'Chabane’s bodyguard was a responsible driver'

An accident expert who visited the crash site says the car had been travelling at an estimated 180km/h.

FILE: The Minister for Performance Monitoring, Evaluation & Administration, Collins Chabane and his two guards died in a fatal car crash. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The family of the man behind the wheel of the vehicle belonging to Minister Collins Chabane says he was a responsible driver whose only accident was the one that claimed his and the minister's life.

Sergeant Lesiba Sekele, who has been working for the late Public Service and Administration Minister since 2009, and Lawrence Lentsoane also died in the accident on the N1 highway in Limpopo on Sunday morning.

An independent reconstruction expert who attended to the crash scene says his investigation shows the minister's car had been travelling at an estimated 180km/h.

Sekele, a 38-year-old VIP bodyguard, who was driving the minister's official vehicle on the morning of the fatal accident, was the breadwinner in his family.

Family spokesperson Amos Manyanyetso, says he had even made plans for the Easter holidays just hours before he was killed.

Manyanyesto says Sekele was an excellent driver, but unfortunately his first accident ended his life and those of the minister and a colleague.

"He has two vehicles. He's never had an accident and he's never had any form of an accident at work."

His nine-year-old son Kagiso is struggling to understand what has happened, while Sekele's three-year-old daughter has been sent back to Limpopo, where relatives are taking care of her.

TRUCK DRIVER'S COURT APPEARANCE

Today's highly anticipated court appearance of the truck driver is expected to be brief but will offer insight into who the man is and what he's accused of.

The man also tested positively for alcohol in his bloodstream at the scene of the crash and verification of this should emerge in court.

Further allegations include that he had previously appeared in the court for a similar reason and that he has an outstanding case which has not yet been finalised.

WATCH: Limpopo in mourning over Collins Chabane death

OFFICIAL STATE FUNERALS FOR THE MINISTER'S GUARDS

Sekele and Lentsoane will also receive state funerals, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday.

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

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

The deputy president says the deaths of the bodyguards 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 are distraught because they were outstanding members."

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.

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