Deputy President Cyril Ramaposa has reiterated that the deaths of Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane and his two bodyguards are a great loss to South Africa.
Ramaphosa was speaking to the media while visiting the family of one of the officers Lesiba Sekele in Orchards, north of Pretoria. Sekele and his colleague, Lawrence Lentsoane died alongside Chabane in the accident in Limpopo on Saturday.
Ramaphosa says the three were dedicated members of this country. He says Chabane, Sekele and Lentsoane will all be given official funerals.
“We are according the same status to their funerals including the two protectors. There will be a memorial service on Thursday and
we have set up an Inter-Ministerial Committee process which has a funeral committee component that is in charge of all these, our members of the cabinet, Minister Nxesi and Minister Edna they are both here and they are making sure that the full might of the South African government is involved in the organisation of the funeral and also to comfort the three families on an on-going basis.”
National Police Commissioner Riah Piyega, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi also visited the house to pay their respects.
Meanwhile, the Gidjana Traditional Authority in Malamulele Limpopo has also paid tribute to Chabane. The Minister had earlier attended the funeral service of former Prime Minister of Gazankulu.
The late Chief’s son, Chief Charles Nxumalo says Chabane worked with his father in unifying the people in the 1990’s. Chief Nxumalo says they share the grief with the Chabane family. “We are grieving with the Chabane family and we would like to extend our condolences to the Chabane family of Malamulele in Limpopo. We have lost an icon, a leader who was working for the people, for now we do not have anyone who is representing us at that level. We are going to support the family from the beginning up to the end.”
President Jacob Zuma sends his message of condolences to the family, click below to watch
South Africans express their sadness over the tragic accident