Collins Chabane

The Honourable

Ohm Collins Chabane
Minister of Public Service and Administration
In office
26 May 2014 – 15 March 2015
President Jacob Zuma
Preceded by Lindiwe Sisulu
Succeeded by Nathi Mthethwa
Secretary General of the ANC
In office
Personal details
Born (1960-04-15)15 April 1960
Transvaal, Union of South Africa
Died 15 March 2015(2015-03-15) (aged 54)
Citizenship South African
Nationality South African
Political party African National Congress
Spouse(s) Mavis Nkhensani Chabane
Children Matimba Chabane and Tsakani Chabane
Alma mater Technikon South Africa
Occupation Politician

Ohm Collins Chabane (15 April 1960 – 15 March 2015) was a South African Minister of Public Service and Administration.[1] At the age of 17, he went into exile and joined the African National Congress (ANC) underground military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK). Chabane also went to Angola for military training in 1980, and began work underground in 1981.

Early life and education

Chabane was born in Xikundu Village, in what was then the Northern Transvaal District (now the Limpopo province) of the Transvaal province. He attended Shingwedzi High School and after high school registered for a BSc at Turfloop University, but a year at the age of 17 he joined the ANC underground. Chabane was arrested by the Security Police in 1984, and was sentenced to six years imprisonment on charges of terrorism. He was imprisoned at the same time as Tokyo Sexwale, Kgalema Motlanthe, Mosiuoa Lekota and Popo Molefe.[2]

During his time in prison he obtained a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Technikon South Africa, and studied aviation. Chabane also held a Diploma in Management from Arusha in Tanzania.[3]


After his release from prison, Chabane was elected to parliament in 1994, where he served on the constitutional affairs, defence and intelligence committees. In 1997, he was appointed MEC for Limpopo, in Premier Ngoako Ramatlhodi’s cabinet. In 1998, he moved to public works, where he is credited as having established the province’s Roads Agency. Under the first term of Jacob Zuma's presidency, he was appointed as Minister in the Presidency.[4] He also arranged Nelson Mandela's funeral in December 2013.

Personal life

Chabane also developed his interest in music (while in prison), headed a marimba band and recorded two CDs.


In the early hours of Sunday, 15 March 2015, Chabane was killed, aged 55, in a traffic accident when a truck made a U-turn in front of Chabane's car on the N1 near Polokwane, after attending a funeral of Samuel Dickson Nxumalo, the third Chief Minister of Gazankulu homeland.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b Sapa. "Minister Collins Chabane killed in Limpopo car accident". The M&G Online. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Ohm Collins Chabane - South African History Online". Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 March 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Collins Chabane dies in car crash". News24. Retrieved 15 March 2015.