Chabane to be honoured at state funeral

Members of Parliament say they will miss the extraordinary leadership from the late minister.

FILE: Chabane was killed when his car collided with a truck making a U-turn on the N1 near Polokwane. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane will be honoured at an official state funeral.

The announcement was made on Sunday.

As the country mourns his passing, colleagues have remembered him for his role in developing democracy in South Africa.

Chabane was killed when his car collided with a truck making a U-turn on the N1 near Polokwane early yesterday morning.

The driver of the truck has since been arrested and charged with culpable homicide.

Officials say he tested positive for alcohol after a breathalyser test.

The truck driver involved in the collision is expected to appear in court tomorrow.

The police's Ronel Otto says pathologists are expected to confirm this.

"A breatherlyser test indicated that he might have been under the influence of alcohol as well. So following the arrest he was taken to the hospital for blood tests. The tests will now be sent to our laboratory in Pretoria, and we awaiting the results."

Members of Parliament say they will miss the extraordinary leadership from Chabane, who has been describes as dedicated and humble, with a good sense of humor.

Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi says he has known Chabane from his early days in the African National Congress (ANC) and he became a friend as well as a colleague.

"When we were the youngsters at the university, I'm actually the guy who recruited him into the ANC."

Chabane later played an important role in contributing to the ANC constitution while in exile.

Former CEO and former colleague of the Government Communications and Information Systems Themba Maseko, says Chabane grew into a humble and learned leader.

"He was a very down to earth person who never pushed his weight around."

Parliament says Chabane made valuable contribution to the national legislature holding a seat in Parliament since 1994.

Sincere condolences to the Chabane Family on the loss of their father Collins, a thoughtful and committed Cabinet Minister.

#CollinsChabane: We mourn the deaths of Minister Chabane's two protectors, Sergeants Lentsoane & Sekele of the SAPS. - @MmusiMaimane

Comrade #CollinsChabane & his 2 protectors, Sergeants Sekele & Lentsoane passed on following an accident in the early hours of this morning.

The best are dying. RIP #CollinsChabane

PRESIDENT SADDENED BY CHABANE'S DEATH

Chabane's sudden passing leaves a gaping hole in government as well as in the hearts of his family and friends.

A long-serving member of the ANC's National Executive Committee, Chabane served as an MEC in Limpopo when Ramatlhodi was premier, joining the Presidency after Jacob Zuma became president in 2009.

Chabane launched the government's performance monitoring and evaluation system designed to make the state more effective.

This included the performance contracts that President Jacob Zuma signs with each of his ministers, rolling out the system meant dealing some big egos.

Chabane not only known for his hard work but his humility and sense of humor stepped lightly while determinedly pushing forward.

His death comes in the crucial talks with sector unions, and leaves a void that will be difficult to fill.

Minister Radebe said, "President Zuma views the death of minister Chabane as a huge loss to the government and to the country as a whole."

It also raises the questions of a possible cabinet reshuffle.

Watch: Minister Chabane's performance by clicking below.

Post by Don Laka.