MINISTER IN THE PRESIDENCY JACKSON MTHEMBU DIES OF COVID-19

By NTU News Reporter

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has died of Covid-19 complications. He was hospitalised after showing symptoms of the virus ten days ago. He was the fourth member of the ANC executive who had tested positive in that week.

In a media statement, President Cyril Rhamaposa said “it is with deep sorrow and shock that we announce that Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu passed away earlier today from COVID-related complications. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time of loss.

“Minister Mthembu was an exemplary leader, an activist and life-long champion of freedom and democracy. He was a much-loved and greatly respected colleague and comrade, whose passing leaves our nation at a loss.

“I extend my deepest sympathies to the Minister’s family, to his colleagues, comrades and many friends.”

Mthembu was born in Ackerville, Witbank on 5 June 1958. He was married to Thembi Mthembu and had six children.

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