Chabane's widow pays tribute to his bodyguards

Mavis Chabane paid tribute to Sergeants Lesiba Sekele and Mareme Lentsoane at a memorial service in Pretoria.

A Photo of the late Minister Collins Chabane at his memorial service in Pretoria on 19 March 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

PRETORIA - While friends and family gather at a memorial service for the late Minister Collins Chabane in Tshwane, his widow has paid tribute to the two police protectors who died with him in Sunday's collision.

The three were killed in a crash with a truck between Polokwane and Mokopane in the early hours of the morning.

The police have held a memorial service for Sergeants Lesiba Sekele and Mareme Lentsoane at the South African Police Service (SAPS) Training College in Pretoria.

In her message, read out by a relative, Mavis Chabane said the two security guards had been part of their family since 2009.

"Not once have I ever doubted their competence. I especially want to thank their families who have endured days without their loved ones who were in service to my husband."

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Meanwhile at the Tshwane Events Centre, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived at the memorial for the late Public Service and Administration Minister.

Chabane's family, his colleagues in Cabinet and several well-known musicians and activists all turned up for the official memorial.

The minister has been described as a man with many sides to him and today his friends and colleagues in both government and the arts have paid tribute.

Portraits of Chabane were displayed throughout the events centre and members of the African National Congress, South African Communist Party and Congress of South African Trade Unions arrived in their regalia.

Earlier, they sang songs about Umkhonto we Sizwe, of which Chabane was a commissar in exile and crucial intelligence member on Robben Island.

There are also several musical items scheduled for the memorial, which will be performed by veteran musician Don Laka.

Images by Vumani Mkhize/EWN.