President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the passing of Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu from Covid-related complications.
Mthembu, who was admitted to 1 Military Hospital in Tshwane on January 11, tested positive for Covid-19, after getting treatment for abdominal pain.
In a statement, Ramaphosa said: “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.”
Prior to taking the post of Minister in the Presidency in May 2019, Mthembu was the Chief Whip of the ANC for three years.
Soon after he was admitted to hospital, Mthembu tweeted:
I want to thank the many South Africans who have wished me a speedy recovery . As a people we must overcome Covid 19 .
— Minister Jackson Mthembu (@JacksonMthembu_) January 11, 2021