Today marks exactly two years since the death of Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane in a car accident on the N1 between Polokwane and Mokopane.
On March 15, 2015, Chabane, his driver and bodyguard were killed in the crash after their car crashed into Amukelani Rikhotso’s truck as he made an illegal U-turn on the N1 between Polokwane and Mokopane.
Chabane’s killer, Rikhotso was sentenced to six years imprison after he pleaded guilty to charges of culpable homicide, driving under the influence, and failure to obey road traffic signs.
His driver’s license was suspended for six months and he was declared unfit to possess a firearm.
The African National Congress in Limpopo and the minister’s family announced that they will lay wreaths at the crash site today.
The provincial government also announced that it will be hosting a series of lectures aimed at educating South Africans about the late minister’ life.
Minister Collins Chabane became an active member of the underground ANC at the early age of seventeen after he was drawn to the struggle for national liberation.
When the ANC came into government in 1994, he served as a member of parliament in the national assembly and later in the Limpopo government as an MEC. He also led the Inter-Ministerial Committee on State Funerals effortlessly, pulled out all stops to give Nelson Mandela a befitting funeral.
In August 2016, a new municipality was formed in honor of minister Collins Chabane. The municipality comprised Malamulele, Vuwani, and Hlanganani.
The ruling party’s Vhembe regional spokesperson Joseph Chauke said at the time that the decision was a way to keep his legacy alive and also honor him for his immense contribution towards the struggle for freedom.
The Collins Chabane Local Municipality is reportedly made up 72 councilors, with an annual budget of R411m. The ANC occupies 59 seats, the EFF 6, the DA 2 and the Ximoko Party and the ACDP have one each.