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Man who claimed Chabane was assassinated has case withdrawn

The police's Moletsane Ledwaba says there was not enough evidence to prosecute the man.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The case against a man who allegedly claimed that the late Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane was assassinated has been withdrawn.

Chabane, along with his two bodyguards Lesiba Sekele and Mareme Lentsoane, died in a crash with a truck in March on the N1 between Polokwane and Mokopane.

The truck driver, Amukelani Rikhotso, was arrested and charged with three counts of culpable homicide as well as driving under the influence of alcohol.

Rikhotso has since been granted R5,000 bail in the Polokwane Magistrates Court.

Thembani Chabane, who claimed to be a family member wrote the claims on Facebook, adding that the truck driver charged with Chabane's murder was paid to confess to the fatal crash.

The African National Congress in the Limpopo Province denied the claims and he was taken to court.

The police's Moletsane Ledwaba says there was not enough evidence to prosecute the man.

"The case is currently provisionally withdrawn for insufficient evidence."