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Jackson Mthembu dies from COVID-19 complications

Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu has died.

The Presidency announced in a statement on Thursday that Mthembu died from COVID-19 related complications.

“It is with deep sorrow and shock that we announce that Minister in The Presidency, Jackson Mthembu passed away earlier today from COVID-19 related complications. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time of loss,” read the statement.

President Cyril Ramaphosa described Minister Mthembu as 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,” added President Ramaphosa.

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