Collins ‘The Animal’ Chabane is no more


2015: Minister Collins Chabane who was nicknamed ‘The Animal’ by his fellow ANC members, was killed in a car accident along with his two bodyguards in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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Chabane’s legacy


1960: Chabane was born on 15 April 1960 in Xikundu Village, Limpopo.

1977: He joined the ANC at the age of 17 and was later exiled and joined Umkhonto we Sizwe. He registered for a BSc at Turfloop University. 

As a member of the party’s military wing, Chabane was trained in Angola and began his underground work a year after his training. 

1984: In 1984 he was sentenced to six years imprisonment on charges of terrorism. He was imprisoned with fellow struggle veterans Tokyo Sexwale, Kgalema Mothlanthe, Mosiuoa Lekota.

While he was in prison he developed his interest in music. He learnt music theory and learned how to play the harmonica. He also got his Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Technikon South Africa.

1997: He was elected to parliament in South Africa’s first democratic government and served until 1997 when he was appointed as MEC for Limpopo.

2009: When President Jacob Zuma became president in 2009 he was appointed Minister in the Presidency, held the position of Minister of Public Service and Administration at the time of his death.

Apart from politics, Chabane headed a marimba band called, Movement and recorded two albums.

The truck driver who allegedly caused the accident, while making a U-turn on the freeway, has been charged with culpable homicide.