Latest reports coming from a reliable source today has it that the Minister Jackson Mthembu has died from “COVID-19 related complications”, according to the Presidency.
He’s been described as an “exemplary leader” and a “life-long champion of freedom and democracy”. May his soul rest in peace.
The honorable Minister Jackson Mthembu tested positive for COVID-19 last week after displaying notable symptoms in a statement.
— Hitekani Magwedze (@HitekaniMag) January 21, 2021
Before his death he has been the Minister in the Presidency of South Africa’s government, and parliamentarian for the African National Congress (ANC).
Previously, he served as the Whip of Parliament for the ruling ANC and as well as the national spokesperson for the ANC.
He served as the MEC for Transport in Mpumalanga from 1997 to 1999, during which he was criticized for spending R2.3 million on ten BMWs.
IN A STATEMENT RELEASED BY THE PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA ON THE PASSING OF MINISTER JACKSON NITHEMBU SAYS:
It is with deep sorrow and shock that we announce that Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthernhu 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 a. 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. Issued by,
President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The second wave of the Coronavirus for South Africa has been particularly high with the nation recording 21,606 cases within the last 24 hours.
There has been a huge strain on medical facilities nationwide causing serious strain on medical personnel, also two-thirds of COVID-19 patients are currently on oxygen support.
The South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, will be meeting with the Coronavirus National Command Council along with religious leaders to discuss ways to curb the escalating numbers.
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