Minister’s death “leaves void in ANC, govt”

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pretoria - The passing away of Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane has left a void in both the African National Congress and government, says ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa.

Minister Chabane, who passed away in a car accident near Polokwane on Sunday morning along with his two protectors Sgt Lesiba Sekele and Sgt Lawrence Lentsoane, was also a National Executive Committee member of the ANC.

“With his incisive mind, sharp wit and easy humour, Comrade Collins’ passing leaves a huge void in the ANC and government. He was a true servant of the people who joined the struggle for liberation at a very young age and soon went to carry in the fight in exile.

“An ardent and passionate lover of the arts, Comrade Collins was a versatile and personable cadre at home on a marimba as he was in the corridors of power from which he served our people.”

Kodwa added that the Minister made an immeasurable contribution to the policy processes of the organisation and as the inaugural Minister for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency during the 4th administration.

“His ground-breaking work entrenched accountability and performance measurement as a centre feature of the work of government,” he said.

Kodwa also sent the ANC’s condolences to Minister Chabane’s family, his Cabinet colleagues as well as comrades and friends.

“We wish them strength and courage during this difficult time of loss as they attempt to come to terms with the falling of a great baobab tree.

“Our thoughts and prayers are also with the families and friends of Sergeants Sekele and Lentsoane. May they be comforted in the knowledge that their loss is shared by us all,” he said.

*Click here to view our online tribute to Minister Chabane. – SAnews.gov.za

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