Johannesburg, 25 December 2015 - A case of culpable homicide has been opened after a 68 year-old man died in an accident involving a minister's official vehicle. Video: eNCA
Johannesburg, 25 December 2015 - A case of culpable homicide has been opened after a 68 year-old man died in an accident involving a minister's official vehicle. Video: eNCA

The drivers in Mahlobo’s convoy were reportedly speeding while driving at the time of a risky overtake that killed Van Schalkwyk on the way to Amsterdam, Mpumalanga Province on December 23.

Johannesburg, 25 December 2015 - A case of culpable homicide has been opened after a 68 year-old man died in an accident involving a minister's official vehicle. Video: eNCA
Johannesburg, 25 December 2015 – A case of culpable homicide has been opened after a 68 year-old man died in an accident involving a minister’s official vehicle. Video: eNCA

Mhlobo’s spokesperson Brian Dube could not confirm whether Mahlobo was in any of the vehicles during the accident.

But according to the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA), Mhlobo left the scene of the fatal accident before medical assistance arrived for Van Schalkwyk.

A witness at the scene said the first vehicle of Mahlobo’s convoy was a Mercedes Benz which bypassed a stationery vehicle in its direct path on the left of that vehicle, and a second vehicle of the convoy, a jeep, then passed the stationary vehicle on the right, heading directly into Van Schalkwyk’s path. The splitting of the convoy around the stationary vehicle appears to have directly caused this tragic crash.

One of Mahlobo’s security guards sustained minor injuries, according to the Community Safety Department in Mpumalanga Province.

Van Schalkwyk, in his 60s, was on the way to see his family for Christmas.

The family of Van Schalkwyk said they will not be welcoming Mahlobo into their home to apologize.
The crash prompted the DA to call an investigation by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) and by Parliament.

The DA said it will open the 2016 Parliamentary year with questions to Mahlobo about his urgent and rapid transport needs, that required speeding VIP convoys and reckless driving.

“We will ask Mahlobo what business of government he was on at the time of the crash, and what the need for such haste was at the time of the accident,” the DA said.

The DA will also report Mahlobo to Parliament’s Ethics Committee for leaving the scene of a fatal accident, and for not ensuring that medical assistance was secured for the victim.

“The DA will take every Parliamentary action possible to ensure that Minister Mahlobo is brought to account for this senseless death,” the party said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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