Receiving news of the departure of Minister Collins Chabane is with immense distress and profound sadness. His passing away robs us of one of the greatest sons of our people, esteemed administrator and polished politician.


The United Democratic Movement (UDM) expresses its shock by the passing on of Minister Chabane. We would like to pass our deepest condolences to his family, the ANC, friends and comrades.

Leaders are born, live and die. Minister Chabane was one of the extraordinary leaders that had passion, constructive criticism and vision. He was a diligent, eloquent and focused person to a level whereby his articulations in the house were not based on personalities and political allegiances but on practical socio-economic conditions confronting in particular the poor people of South Africa. His, was for a just society.

He may die but his contribution ever since he became a member of parliament and a minister will never be forgotten. We as UDM and the people of this country we will miss that bold fast persuasive voice, a voice when he spoke no one could talk while was speaking. This country has lost a leader indeed. Our souls are deeply sad by his suddenly death.

To his family, we want to tell you that you are not alone in this deep sad moment. UDM cries with you and we know that people of this country are crying too.
No one can take over the pain you feel but our Creator because HE is the one that give and take. Our legislative house, and the country has lost an extraordinary leader. It is our responsibility to take where Minister Chabane left, take the baton and carry on. He has left a huge gap in the South African political landscape which we are challenged to fill up.

May the peace of almighty gracious God be with his family, this will also pass.

To the leader of the Cabinet, the President, please find space in your heart to be strong and let him to rest. Akuhlanga lungehlanga.

To the South African Parliament, the ANC and his constituency at large, you have lost, we have lost and the country has lost.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.