Collins Chabane

Collins Chabane was a South African politician and a member of the African National Congress (ANC) who served as the as the Minister in the Presidency and as the Minister of Public Service and Administration until his death; both under incumbent President Jacob Zuma.

Collins Chabane
Born Collins Chabane
April 15, 1960
South Africa
Death March 15, 2015
N1 Highway
South Africa
Aged 54 Years Old
Cause of Death Car Crash
Nationality South African
Political Party ANC
Wife Mavis Chabane
Children 2

Public Service and Administration

May 26, 2014 – March 15, 2015
President Jacob Zuma

Member of the National Assembly

1994 -1997
President Nelson Mandela
May 6, 2009 – March 15, 2015
President Jacob Zuma

Collins Chabane was born in Xikundu Village in Limpopo in the Transvaal province of apartheid South Africa.

He went to Shingwedzi High School in Malamulele in what is today’s Limpopo province of the Republic of South Africa.

At the age of 17 years old Collins Chabane joined the underground structures of the African National Congress (ANC).

At the beginning of 1979 he registered for Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree at Turfloop University.

In May 1980 Collins Chabane left Turfloop University and went to Angola for military training.

He went to exile where he joined the underground military wing of the African National Congress, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK).

In 1981 Collins Chabane began working for the African National Congress underground.

In 1984 he was captured by the South African Security Police of the apartheid government and arrested.

Collins Chabane was later tried, convicted and sentenced to six years imprisonment on charges of terrorism.

He was sent to Robben Island where he served his sentence at the same time as other notable South African Apartheid activists including; Kgalema Mothlanthe, Mosiua Lekota, Popo Molefe and Tokyo Sexwale among others.

While incarcerated Collins Chabane obtained a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Technikon South Africa, and studied aviation.

According to eNews prime time which broadcast on Sunday March 15, 2015 at 19:00 pm South African time; during the same period Collins Chabane also studied music theory and learned to play the harmonica.

Collins Chabane also had a Diploma in Management from Arusha University in Tanzania.

In 1990 he was released from prison after serving his entire sentence; upon release he served as ANC provincial secretary in Northern Transvaal.



Public Service Career; 1994 – 2015

In 1994 Collins Chabane became a Member of Parliament (MP) under the then newly elected President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

During this time he was the member of the Joint Committee on Defence and Intelligence (1994), Standing Committee: Finance, Minerals and Energy Affairs (1994) and Constitutional & Management Coms: Constitutional Assembly (1994).

Collins Chabane remained a Member of Parliament until 1997 when he moved to the Provincial Government of his home province, Limpopo.

In 1997 he was appointed Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Limpopo, in Premier Ngoako Ramatlhodi’s cabinet.

In 1998 Collins Chabane was then moved to the department of public works, where he is credited as having established the Limpopo province’s Road’s Agency.

He had previously served as an MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism in Limpopo and remained the member of the Limpopo Provincial Legislature until his death.

In 2007 at the 52nd National Conference of the African National Congress Collins Chabane was elected to the National Executive Committee (NEC) headed by incumbent President Jacob Zuma who became leader of that party at the same conference.

He remained in the National Executive Committee (NEC)  of the African National Congress until his death.

In 2009 when Jacob Zuma was elected President of South Africa Collins Chabane returned to the National Assembly.

He served as the Minister in the Presidency: Performance Monitoring and Evaluation as well as Administration in the Presidency.

In 2014 when Jacob Zuma was re-elected President of South Africa Collins Chabane was appointed Minister of Public Service and Administration – a position he held until his death.




Collins Chabane was also a recording artist, while imprisoned on Robben Island he studied music theory and learned to play a harmonica.

He co-founded Movement, a Mbira-based band with which he recorded two albums.

Collins Chabane’s contribution to the industry was recognized at a South African Music Rights Organization (SAMRO) gala in Polokwane on Friday March 12, 2015.

At that gala he was honoured for his contribution to the South African music scene.

The gala was attended by South African music legends such as Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Steve Kekana, and Thomas Chauke among others.



Personal Life

Collins Chabane was married to Mavis Chabane with whom he had two (2) children.




car accident scene where Collins Chabane diedCollins Chabane died in an automobile collision in the early hours of Sunday morning at about 01:0am on March 15, 2015 aged 54 years old.

The car accident which claimed Collins Chabane’s life happened on the N1 highway in Polokwane in Limpopo province of South Africa when a truck attempted a U-turn in front of their car.

He was travelling with his two bodyguards; Sergeant Lesiba Sekele and Sergeant Lawrence Lentsoane.

The scene of the car accident where Collins Chabane diedIt has been reported that all three of them were killed instantly upon impact.

“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.

the car accident scene where Collins Chabane diedIn the wake of the news of Collins Chabane’s death, many South Africans and political leaders expressed their shock and grief.

“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.

“South Africa this morning wakes up a poorer country as death has robbed us one of the sharpest minds in our government, in the congress movement and an intellectual par [excellence],” said Khaya Xaba, the spokesman for the Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA).



Memorial Service

On Thursday March 19, 2015 the memorial service for Collins Chabane was held at Pretoria Exhibition Centre in Pretoria, Gauteng province of South Africa.

The memorial service was attended by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi, SA Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago, musician Don Laka and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.




On Saturday March 21, 2015 the funeral service for Collins Chabane was held in his home village of Xikundu in Malamulele in the Limpopo province of South Africa

The Funeral Service of Collins ChabaneThe funeral service was attended by the President of South Africa (Jacob Zuma) and other politicians including; Nathi Mthethwa, Baleka Mbete and Zweli Mkhize.

President Jacob Zuma delivered the eulogy  and was quoted saying; “He [Collins Chabane] is laid to rest on Human Rights Day, which on its own symbolises his unwavering commitment to the entrenchment of the human rights culture in our country.

“He was able to get the work done and to obtain support and understanding.

“He had good plans about taking the department and the public service forward, and we all have a responsibility to take his vision forward.

“His passion was to improve the functioning of frontline service department and the performance of frontline staff who deal with the public directly,” Jacob Zuma said while delivering the eulogy.