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Zuma: It's up to all motorists to drive safely

President Jacob Zuma says he believes the driver of the truck involved in the crash was fatigued.

Poster of Former Public Service and Administration Minister, the late Collins Chabane at his memorial on 19 March 2015. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

LIMPOPO - President Jacob Zuma says he believes the driver of the truck involved in the crash that killed Minister Collins Chabane was sleeping behind the wheel.

Zuma has been speaking at a funeral service for Chabane in his home village of Xikundu in Limpopo.

Chabane, along with his two bodyguards Lesiba Sekele and Mareme Lentsoane, died in a crash with a truck which was allegedly making a U-turn on a highway at around 1am on the N1 between Polokwane and Mokopane last Sunday.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe at Collins Chabane's funeral in Limpopo on 21 March 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

Truck driver Amukelani Rikhotso tested positive for alcohol in his bloodstream at the scene of the crash.

Zuma says it's up to all motorists to drive safely and save lives.

"What this driver, in my view, did not do was to park the truck and rest. I'm clear he was sleeping. He woke up and saw the car, he did not know what he was doing and swerved. The rules say when you feel tired or fatigued, stop and sleep."

Zuma encouraged South Africans to continue the struggle for a better life for all in memory of Chabane.

"We must honour his memory by continuing the struggle for a better life for all, especially the poor and the working class to which he committed his entire life."

He says Chabane was an empowering and inspirational individual.

Zuma added government and the ANC are devastated by his passing. He has remembered Chabane for his humility and visionary leadership, saying he served the ANC almost his entire life.

"Collins is one of the cadres of the ANC that was an all-rounder, a good soldier, a good commissar, a good commander, a brave man, but a thinking soldier."

WATCH: Remembering Collins Chabane.