Article by: Dumisane Dube
Breaking News!!! Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu Has Died, from Covid19 related complications.
South Africans have been met by the devastating news of yet another prominent leader succumbing to the woes of Covid-19 this year.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has this afternoon issued a statement on the passing of Minister Jackson Mthembu.
The presidency has announced that the Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has died from COVID-19 related complications.
‘ 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.’ said Ramaphosa.
“I extend my deepest sympathies to the Minister’s family, to his colleagues, comrades and many friends.” added Ramaphosa.
Mr President @CyrilRamaphosa we listened to you and we lit candles as we began the new year of 2021 . As you directed , we remembered all those who lost their lives due to Covid 19 . We also welcomed 2021 with hope and anticipation of better things to come . Happy new year !! pic.twitter.com/4Qh4NYy5x8— Minister Jackson Mthembu (@JacksonMthembu_) January 1, 2021
The minister died at age 62 following a short complication with Covid-19.
Messages of condolences and prayers have poured in on social media for the family and friends of Minister Jackson Mthembu from many South Africans.
Devastated to learn of the passing of Minister Jackson Mthembu. Was such an honour to serve alongside this true South African patriot. Condolences to his family and friends and the colleagues in his party. May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/z2EDUsPq7W— John Steenhuisen MP (@jsteenhuisen) January 21, 2021
My condolences to family and colleagues of Jackson Mthembu.— Herman Mashaba (@HermanMashaba) January 21, 2021
We must not allow politics to forget our humanity. Giants are falling to this disease.
May he rest in peace🕯 pic.twitter.com/fBMDr0Fakw
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