Zuma praises Chabane's public service

Jacob Zuma says all public servants should be inspired by the work done by the late Collins Chabane.

A church service was held for the late Minister of Public Service and Administration Collins Chabane in the Xikundu village in Limpopo. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

LIMPOPO - President Jacob Zuma says all public servants should be inspired by the work done by the late Public Service and Administration Minister, Collins Chabane, in honour of his memory.

Chabane, along with his two bodyguards Lesiba Sekele and Mareme Lentsoane, died in a car crash with a truck last weekend on the N1 between Polokwane and Mokopane.

The truck driver has since been arrested and charged with three counts of culpable homicide as well as driving under the influence of alcohol.

The late minister was laid to rest in his home village of Xikundu just outside Malamulele in Limpopo.

Yesterday Zuma addressed his funeral where he spoke about the minister's dedication to serve.

The president says Chabane had a passion for improving the interaction between the public and government workers.

"He served our people with dignity, respect, courtesy and speed."

Zuma says these services must improve.

"From our licensing department staff to those responsible for applications for social grants and identity documents, to nurses and the police [all must work] in memory of Chabane."

The minister died while public sector wage negotiations were still underway and workers' bodies say they will miss his depth of leadership in the talks.

Furthermore, the chief of the Mhinga Clan used the funeral service for to call for Malamulele to be granted its own municipality.