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STATEMENT OF THE THABO MBEKI FOUNDATION ON THE OCCASION OF THE PASSING AWAY OF MINISTER COLLINS CHABANE AND COLLEAGUES – Thabo Mbeki

Thabo M Mbeki

The Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF) has learned with great shock and sadness, the tragic passing of Public Service Minister, Collins Chabane, and two of his colleagues, Sergeants Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane, in a vehicle accident this morning.

From a young age, Collins dedicated his life to the struggle against apartheid and became one of the outstanding members of the 1976-generation who did much to intensify our people and Movement’s offensive against the apartheid crime against humanity.

For their part, Sergeants Sekele and Lentsoane were the hard-working civil servants whom our country requires for government and society to address the legacy of colonialism and apartheid. Like Minister Chabane, Sergeants Sekele and Lentsoane are soldiers who died in the line of duty!

Within Collins’ quite and humble demeanour resided a reflective man who was forever concerned about raising the levels of our people’s consciousness in various ways, including through the arts and in particular music.

The occasion of Collins, Sergeants Sekele and Lentsoane’s passing under the circumstances of a vehicle accident reminds us of the vital importance of keeping transport safety forever on the public agenda.

The TMF would like convey our heartfelt condolences to the Chabane, Sekele and Lentsoane families during this difficult period.

Farewell dear Collins!

Farewell Sergeants Sekele and Lentsoane!

Issued by the Thabo Mbeki Foundation

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