Friends and family pay tribute to Collins Chabane

By Drum Digital
19 March 2015

Several speakers paid tribute to public service and administration minister Collins Chabane at a memorial service in Pretoria on Thursday.

Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said Chabane was "a great humanist" who committed his life to serving South Africans.

He said the void created by Chabane's death would be felt across the country.

Congress of SA Trade Unions president Sdumo Dlamini said Chabane died at a critical moment, during negotiations in the public sector.

He thanked the Chabane family for giving the nation "a man who was so capable".

Chabane's friend, SA Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago described him as "a champion of development, a selfless fighter, and a servant of our people".

Deputy National Assembly Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli said South Africa was poorer without Chabane. He said Chabane was a humble man "who did not allow his position in society to go to his head".

Chabane's son Matimba said his father taught him to appreciate the small things in life. The family had received overwhelming support since Chabane died.

"We are here to give thanks for the support we got from people. As the Chabane family we are very grateful that you have honoured our father in this way," he said.

Hundreds of mourners packed the Tshwane Events Centre for the event.

A hall was adorned with black and white material, while Chabane's photograph was displayed on big screens near the stage and podium.

Many people wore yellow African National Congress T-shirts proclaiming "Decade of the cadre", while others were dressed in green and black ANC Women's League regalia.

Numerous government ministers were at the event. Other dignitaries included former president Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to speak.

The presidency announced on Tuesday that Chabane would receive a category one official funeral at the weekend.

President Jacob Zuma ordered that the national flag be flown at half-mast across the country on Saturday, the day of the funeral.

Chabane and Sergeants Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane were killed when a truck allegedly made a U-turn in front of their car on the N1 between Mokopane and Polokwane in Limpopo on Sunday morning.

Source : Sapa /

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