Political parties shocked at death of Collins Chabane

Minister Chabane has been described as a committed and hardworking member of Parliament.

Former Minister in the Presidency, Collins Chabane. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Political parties are mourning the death of their colleague, Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane who was killed in a car crash outside Polokwane early this morning.

Chabane and two of his security officials were killed when their car collided with a truck apparently making a U-turn on the N1 highway.

The truck driver has been charged with culpable homicide.

Chabane has been described as a committed and hardworking Member of Parliament (MP).

DA Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane has sent his condolences to both the Chabane family and the ANC.

"I always found him to be reasonable, I found him to be a man who wanted to put South Africa first."

The United Democratic Front (UDM) says the accident has robbed South Africa of an extraordinary leader with passion.

Congress of the People's (Cope)'s Dennis Bloom says he will be missed at the national legislature.

"We are deeply shaken, as no doubt, so will be his family and the whole country."

The ANC has remembered Chabane as an all-rounder, making waves in politics, sport and on the music scene.

Spokesperson for National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete, Mandlakazi Sigcawu, says Chabane played an important role in building South Africa's democracy from the ranks of the ANC and in the national legislature.

"We wish to express our shock and deep sadness at the sudden passing of Minister Collins Chabane. Chabane became a member of the first democratic Parliament National Assembly in 1994 and he served in several parliamentary committees."