South Africa

I knew Chabane as from 17: Zuma

President Jacob Zuma on Monday said Collins Chabane who died on Sunday in a car accident was a man of astute

“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.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu said Chabane’s death is a loss to the nation, his family, and the African National Congress.

“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.”

According to News 24 North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo also said Chabane’s untimely death had robbed the country of a selfless and devoted leader.

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 01:00.