Collins Chabane hailed as a political hero

The minister will notably be remembered for playing a pivotal role in developing the Constitution.

Minster in the Presidency Collins Chabane (R) at the Presidential Inauguration at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings, Pretoria. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane has been described as a political hero and an active member in the African National Congress (ANC) and national leadership.

Chabane was killed in a car crash early this morning on the N1 in Polokwane when his car crashed into a truck making a U-turn on the highway.

The minister and two members of his security staff died instantly.

President Jacob Zuma says Chabane was a competent and accomplished member of his Cabinet who made valuable contributions to the Presidency and the ANC.

A younger Chabane joined the ANC in exile during apartheid, where he became a cadre for the movement and played an important role in developing the ANC constitution.

During this time he also completed a law degree, making an effort to further his education.

After the democratic South African was established, Chabane soon made his way up the ranks to the National Executive Committee and became a minister in the Presidency.

He also played an important role in developing the Constitution of South Africa.

Chabane was also actively involved in sport and music, writing and recording his own music in his spare time.

Meanwhile, police have confirmed the truck driver involved in the fatal crash has been arrested and faces a charge of culpable homicide.