“There is no amount of words that can describe the collective grief of the people of KwaZulu-Natal when [this] news broke out”, he said. “He was a very dedicated minister and cadre of our movement. [This is] unexpected news and has left us with shock and sadness.”
He said he hoped the transport department would conduct a thorough investigation to determine the actual cause of the accident.
Chabane, his driver, and a bodyguard were killed instantly when a truck allegedly made a u-turn in front of their car on the N1 near Polokwane in Limpopo on Sunday. The accident happened around 1am.
Mchunu conveyed condolences to Chabane’s family and the families of Sergeant Lesiba Sekele and Sergeant Lawrance Lentsoane.
Earlier North West premier Supra Mahumapelo said Chabane’s untimely death had robbed the country of a selfless and devoted leader.
He encouraged provincial government employees to promote good governance in all aspects of the public service to honour Chabane.
“We must continue, in memory of this leader, to ensure accurate and complete adherence to the prescripts governing this sector of government, and prioritise monitoring and evaluation as a fundamental and strategic function in the public service.”