Jackson Mthembu dies from Covid-19 related complications

Jackson Mthembu dies from Covid-19 related complications

President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed the passing of Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu.

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Mthembu publicly confirmed that he tested positive on January 11.

He was being treated at the South African National Defence Force’s health facility in Pretoria.

"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," read a statement released by the Office of the Presidency on Thursday.

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time of loss. Minister Mthembu was an exemplary leader, an activist, and a 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.”

Mthembu is a long-standing member of the ANC and has served in several government portfolios.

The 62-year-old served as the Chief Whip of the ANC caucus in Parliament before his appointment to the executive.

He also served as the ANC spokesperson from 1995-1997.

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