Collins Chabane and two bodyguards killed in car crash, statement issued by SA Presidency

The following article is taken from the South African Press Association

Image of an official South African funeral with Jacob Zuma and cabinet ministers
Image issued by the Presidency of South Africa capturing an official funeral.

Minister of Public Service and Administration Collins Chabane and two body guards were killed instantly when a truck did a U-turn in front of their car on the N1 in Polokwane, ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa told Eye Witness News on Sunday.

“It happened in the early hours of this [Sunday] morning, around 1am on the N1 Polokwane. He died instantly with his two protectors,” national spokesman Zizi Kodwa told the broadcaster.

“Apparently the truck made a U-turn as they were driving and they collided with the truck.”

Kodwa said Chabane was one of the “most committed cadres” of the ANC’s struggle movement.

Chabane was an all-rounder who was good in sport as well as a good lawyer.

“[He was] very disciplined, very dedicated in terms of his work, very focused.”

“He played an important role in the development of the ANC constitution and equally played a role in the development of South Africa’s constitution.”

“He followed and understood our principle… we are serving the people, not us,” Kodwa told the broadcaster.

President Jacob Zuma was shocked by Chabane’s death.

“We are deeply shocked and saddened by this untimely death of an outstanding cadre of our liberation struggle and a competent, accomplished and dependable member of my Cabinet,” said Zuma.

“This is a huge loss to government and the country as a whole.” SapaLogo

READ THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT REGARDING CHABANE’S DEATH, ISSUED BY THE PRESIDENCY, BELOW:

Minister Collins Chabane dies in car crash The Presidency of South Africa logo

15 March 2015

President Jacob Zuma is saddened to announce the untimely death of the Minister of Public Service and Administration, Mr Collins Chabane in a car crash in the early hours of this morning, 15 March 2015.

 

“We are deeply shocked and saddened by this untimely death of an outstanding cadre of our liberation struggle and a competent, accomplished and dependable member of my Cabinet. This is a huge loss to government and the country as a whole,” said President Zuma.

 

Mr Chabane served as Minister in the Presidency responsible for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation during the fourth administration. He was able to develop and build the new Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation within a short space of time, and was able to make the monitoring and evaluation function a crucial part of government work and a distinct feature of President Zuma’s fourth administration.

 

As Minister in the Presidency whose responsibility was also to chair government’s funeral planning Inter-Ministerial Committee, Mr Chabane led the planning of the international funeral of former President Nelson Mandela, with great dignity and efficiency.

 

A veteran of the liberation struggle, Mr Chabane was also a long serving member of the ANC National Executive Committee.

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