Collins Chabane has died following a car collision with a truck

Minister of Public Service and Administration Collins Chabane (April 15, 1960 to March 15, 2015) died in the early hours of the morning of Sunday March 15, 2015 following a car collision with a truck on the N1 in Polokwane in the Limpopo province of South Africa. Google+

Collins ChabaneAccording to reports Minister Collins Chabane was travelling with his two bodyguards when his car collided with a truck at about 01:00 am; the collision occurred when the truck in question tried to make a U-turn in front of their car.

“It happened in the early hours of this [Sunday] morning, around 1.00am on the N1 Polokwane. He died instantly with his two protectors, Apparently the truck made a U-turn as they were driving and they collided with the truck,” African National Congress (ANC) national spokesman Zizi Kodwa told Eye Witness News.

“President Jacob Zuma is saddened to announce the untimely death of the Minister of Public Service and Administration, Mr Collins Chabane in a car crash in the early hours of this morning,” said presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj in a statement.

“We are deeply shocked and saddened by this untimely death of an outstanding cadre of our liberation struggle and a competent, accomplished and dependable member of my Cabinet,” President Jacob Zuma said in a statement.

Collins Chabane was born on April 15, 1960 in Limpopo in the Transvaal province of apartheid South Africa.

He went into exile and joined the African National Congress (ANC) underground military willing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK).

In 1984 Collins Chabane was arrested by the Security Police and was sentenced to six years imprisonment on charges of terrorism. He was imprisoned at the same time as Tokyo Sexwale, Kgalema Motlanthe and Mosiuoa Lekota among other notable figures in South African politics.

During President Jacob Zuma‘s first term in office, Collins Chabane served as the Minister in the Presidency.

At the time of his death he was the Minister of Public Service and Administration.

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