Ohm Collins Chabane
|Minister of Public Service and Administration|
26 May 2014 –15 March 2015
|Preceded by||Lindiwe Sisulu|
|Succeeded by||Nathi Mthethwa|
|Secretary General of the ANC|
|Born||15 April 1960|
Transvaal, Union of South Africa
|Died||15 March 2015 54)(aged|
|Political party||African National Congress|
|Spouse(s)||Mavis Nkhensani Chabane|
|Children||Matimba Chabane and Tsakani Chabane|
|Alma mater||Technikon South Africa|
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Ohm Collins Chabane (15 April 1960 – 15 March 2015) was a South African Minister of Public Service and Administration.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.
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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.
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