The presidency confirmed on Sunday the loss of the Minister of Public Service and Administration, Collins Chabane, who passed away in a car accident in the early hours of Sunday morning. Two of his security staff also died in the crash.
According to Sa news reports, Minister Chabaneand two of his protectors,Sgt LesibaSekele and Sgt Lawrence Lentsoane, died in a car accident in the early hours of Sunday morning. The incident occurred when a truck suddenly made a u-turn on the NI near Polokwane. “It was at that point that the Minister's vehicle drove into the truck,” said Minister Radebe.
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Huge loss to the government and SA people
“President Jacob Zuma is saddened to announce the untimely death of the Minister…We are deeply shocked and saddened by [the] untimely death of an outstanding cadre of our liberation struggle and a competent, accomplished and dependable member of my Cabinet,” said the President in a statement. He added the passing away of the minister is a “huge loss to government and the country as a whole”.
He was a committed executive
Collins Chabane passed away at the age of 58. Before being appointed Minister of Public Service and Administration in 2014, he had served as minister in the presidency responsible for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation. He was also minister responsible for the Government Communication and Information System, (GCIS). He served as an active member of the ANC National Executive Committee for several years. Minister Collins Chabane led theplanning of the international funeral of former President Nelson Mandela in 2013.
Minister in the presidency Jeff Redebe announced at a special media briefing on Sunday that the late Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane will receive a special official funeral. He said details will be communicated soon.
Truck driver arrested
The police confirmed on Sunday the truck driver, who allegedly caused the deadly accident in which Minister Chabane was killed, had been arrested. Police said the driver will be charged with culpable homicide.
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