President Jacob Zuma announced the death of the Minister of Public Service and Administration, Collins Chabane.
The minister was 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.
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.
A veteran of the liberation struggle, Chabane was also a long serving member of the ANC National Executive Committee.
Chabane served as Minister in the Presidency responsible for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation during the fourth administration.
During his time as Minister in the Presidency, Chabane led the planning of former President Nelson Mandela’s funeral.