Chabane an 'extraordinary leader' - Holomisa

2015-03-15 15:19
Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane (File, Sapa)

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane, who died on Sunday was described as an "extraordinary leader" who had passion and vision.

"He was a diligent, eloquent and focused person to a level whereby his articulations in the House [Parliament] were not based on personalities and political allegiances but on practical socio-economic conditions confronting in particular the poor people of South Africa," United Democratic Movement leader and MP Bantu Holomisa said in a statement.

"His, was for a just society."

Holomisa expressed shock at Chabane's death and sent his party's condolences to the family.

Chabane, his driver and his bodyguard were killed instantly when a truck did a u-turn in front of their car on the N1 near Polokwane in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Holomisa said Chabane's contribution as an MP and minister would never be forgotten.

President Jacob Zuma extended condolences to the families of Chabane, Sergeant Lesiba Sekele and Sergeant Lawrence Lentsoane.

"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," said spokesperson Mac Maharaj.

The African National Congress said Chabane's death would leave a void in the party and government.

"With his incisive mind, sharp wit and easy humour, comrade Collins' passing leaves a huge void in the ANC and government," spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

He said Chabane was one of the most disciplined and loyal people of the ANC that he had ever come across.

"Most outstanding for me is we lost a loyal, dedicated and most disciplined member of the ANC."

The ANC sent condolences to Collins' family, colleagues and friends.

The Congress of the People and the Young Communist League of SA expressed shock at Chabane's death.

Cope described Chabane as a "hard-working and well-respected" minister.

The YCLSA said Chabane had one of the sharpest minds in government and the country would be poorer without him.

- Family, friends and Colleagues of Collins Chabane are invited to share their memories and tributes, and to light a candle for him, on his profile at

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