As confirmed by the Presidency : President Jacob Zuma has extended his heartfelt condolences to Mrs Mavis Chabane, wife of the Minister of Public Service and Administration Mr Collins Chabane and also the families of the two protectors of the Minister who passed away earlier this morning.

Mr Chabane and his two protectors Sgt Lesiba Sekele and Sgt Lawrence Lentsoane died on the N1 in Polokwane. Their car reportedly collided with a truck. The details of the crash are still being gathered.

“We are still in deep shock. We extend our condolences to the Chabane family and the families of Sgt Sekele and Sgt Lentsoane. This is a huge loss to the country and a sad day indeed for all of us,” the President said.

Mr. Chabane died in a car accident on the N1 in Polokwane in the early hours of this morning. It’s believed his car collided with a truck that was making a U-turn on the highway. The impact also killed two of his security staff who were also in the car with him.

The Police says the driver of the truck will be charged with culpable homicide. “It’s alleged that the driver of the truck was making a U-turn on the highway when the vehicle carrying the minister crashed into the truck. Both he and his two protectors died on the scene. The driver of the truck was not injured and he was arrested on the scene on a charge of culpable homicide” says Ronel Otto.

A brief about Minister Collins Chabane

Minister Collins 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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