South Africa 16.3.2015 10:42 am

Chabane was like a son: Zuma

FILE PICTURE: The late Public Service and Administration minister, Collins Chabane. Photo: GCIS

FILE PICTURE: The late Public Service and Administration minister, Collins Chabane. Photo: GCIS

Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane, who died in a car accident on Sunday, was a man of astute character, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday.

“He has contributed to a great extent and we would like to say the country must really join the family in mourning in dignity,” Zuma said at Chabane’s Pretoria home.

Zuma narrated his close relationship with Chabane.

“To me he was like a son. I had known him since he was 17. I was part of those who made him join the ANC,” said Zuma.

“He has contributed to a great extent, and we would like to say the country must really join the family in mourning in dignity,” Zuma said at Chabane’s Pretoria home.

Zuma narrated his close relationship with Chabane.

“To me he was like a son. I had known him since he was 17. I was part of those who made him join the ANC,” said Zuma.

He said he had met Chabane’s family at the Pretoria home.

“It is difficult to explain what has happened. I have met the daughter, who arrived this morning because she is studying in London. I have also seen his brother,” said Zuma.

“We have conveyed our condolences, our sympathies. We have guaranteed that we are going to be with them, throughout this period of mourning. We will continue.”

Zuma said Chabane’s death had left a void that would be “very difficult to close”.

He said several ministers were at Chabane’s home to assist in the funeral arrangements.

Chabane was killed in a car crash on the N1 near Polokwane. He was travelling with bodyguards Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane. The three were killed instantly when a truck allegedly did a U-turn in front of their car.

 

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