MPs pay tribute to Chabane

Parliamentarians honoured the late minister after he was killed in a car crash on Sunday.

Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Members of Parliament (MPs) are paying tribute to late Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane.

He and two bodyguards were killed in a car crash on the N1 highway near Polokwane in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A moment of silence was held in the National Assembly.

MPs then paid glowing tributes to a man described as principled, ethical and multi-talented.

Deputy Health Minister Joe Phaahla says Chabane's death still feels unreal.

"The ANC dips its banner of honour for one of our best."

United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa praised Chabane's character.

"I am speaking of a man that was a thinker and a strategist."

Congress of the People (Cope) MP Willie Madisha also paid tribute to the late minister.

"Comrade Collins was young, humble, honest, principled, ethical and brilliant -some of us knew that."

The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Joe McGluwa says, "His dedication and commitment to responsibility in his capacity as an MP should serve as an example for all of us. All who interacted with him will sorely miss him."

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)'s Mangosuthu Buthelezi said he was an asset to Cabinet.

"In this house, we have an opportunity to stand and honour minister Chabane, to praise his commitments to governance and to express our appreciation for all he did in service to this country."

Chabane and his guards, Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane, will all be given state funerals.

In Polokwane, Chabane's family called for the truck driver accused of causing the crash to be denied bail.

Amukelani Rikhotso appeared briefly in the Polokwane Magistrates Court on culpable homicide and drunk driving charges on Tuesday morning.

Amukulani Rikhotso (29) from Giyani in Limpopo, in the dock during his court appearance on 17 March 2015. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

Chabane's nephew, Musa, says the family is starting to deal with the death.

He was joined in the public gallery by members of the Limpopo Legislature as well as other African National Congress (ANC) members.

Rikhotso, 29, returns to court to apply for bail on 10 April.

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