Politicians pay tribute to ‘extraordinary leader’ Collins Chabane

2015-03-15 11:37

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Minister of Public Service and Administration Collins Chabane, who died today, was committed to the struggle and solving challenges, Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu said in a statement.

“His dedication and commitment to our movement and our struggle to empower our people will be remembered by all of us,” she said.

Chabane and his bodyguards Sergeant Lesiba Sekele and Sergeant Lawrence Lentsoane were killed instantly when a truck allegedly did a u-turn in front of their car on the N1 near Polokwane.

The accident happened at around 1am today.

“I worked with Collins for many years, both in government and in the ANC, he had a view and a possible solution for any challenge, any time of the day,” said Sisulu.

South Africa had lost a leader and a minister who worked day and night to improve the lives of its citizens, she said.

“We extend our condolences to his family and friends.”

United Democratic Movement leader and MP Bantu Holomisa described Chabane 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,” 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.

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

President Jacob Zuma also extended condolences to the families of Chabane, Sekele and 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 YCLSA said Chabane had one of the sharpest minds in government and the country would be poorer without him.

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