A 'shocked' Zuma told Chabane's family about his death

2015-03-16 13:30
The scene of the accident where minister Collins Chabane was killed. (<a href=https://twitter.com/AlgoaFMNews>AlgoaFMNews</a> via Twitter)

The scene of the accident where minister Collins Chabane was killed. (AlgoaFMNews via Twitter)

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Polokwane - A ‘”shocked” President Jacob Zuma broke the news of Collins Chabane’s death to his wife and family, before they received the official news, according to reports.

Netwerk24 reported that Zuma was the first person to inform the minister of public service and administration’s family after visiting their house in Waterkloof, Pretoria.

Zuma said he spoke to Chabane’s wife shortly after receiving a message about his death from the office of the Limpopo premier, Stan Mathabatha.

He told Netwerk 24 he made the mistake of telling Chabane’s family because he was in “shock”.

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 in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The president said on Monday, that the death of Chabane was a difficult issue for his wife and family to deal with.

He said Chabane’s death was not only a huge loss for his family and the Limpopo community, but for the ANC and the country as a whole.

According to the Rand Daily Mail an expert told Talk Radio 702, that the picture showing Chabane’s mangled VW Touareg suggests that the car was travelling at least 200km/h.

The Times reported that hours before the crash, the minister addressed a funeral warning against long-distance driving. He said due to the fatigue of travelling, it could increase the possibility of fatal road accidents.

The presidency announced on Monday that Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has been appointed as the acting minister of public service and administration.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said police were investigating the cause of the crash.

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 Remembered.co.za.

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