Dept to take action against truck driver in Obed Bapela crash

The collision happened on Friday on the N12 near Fochville in Gauteng.

file: Deputy Minister of Traditional Affairs Obed Bapela. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs says it will be taking action against the driver of a truck who crashed into the car of Deputy Minister Obed Bapela.

The collision happened on Friday on the N12 near Fochville in Gauteng when Bapela was returning from the State of the Province Address in Klerksdorp.

Spokesperson for the deputy minister, Sifiso Ngcobo, says the Bapela is recovering at a Johannesburg hospital and only suffered minor injuries.

"There's no serious injuries, it's just four slightly fractured ribs which the doctor said will heal quickly. The minister is stable and able to walk."

He says the department together with the protection unit will be taking the matter forward.

"We will definitely be taking the matter further because lives were almost lost as a result of the driver's negligence."

The truck driver has been arrested and charged with negligent and drunken driving and is expected to appear in court soon.