RTMC welcomes sentence given to truck driver who killed Collins Chabane

Amukelani Rikhotso pleaded guilty to charges of culpable homicide and driving under the influence.

FILE: The 29-year-old truck driver, Amukelani Rikhotso from Giyani in Limpopo, in the dock during his court appearance on charges of negligence. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has welcomed the six-year sentence handed to the truck driver responsible for the death of former Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane.

Chabane and his two bodyguards were killed in March last year when their car crashed into Amukelani Rikhotso's truck as he made an illegal u-turn between Polokwane and Mokopane.

Rikhotso pleaded guilty to charges of culpable homicide, driving under the influence and failure to obey road traffic signs and sentenced on Friday.

The RTMC's Simon Zwane said, "It will send a strong message to other drivers that reckless and negligent driving is unacceptable."