The Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu has died from COVID-19 related issues. The unfortunate news comes just a few days after Mthembu tested positive for COVID-19.
On the 11th January 2021, the minister tweeted ‘’Today I visited the military hospital in Tshwane to get medical attention for abdominal pain. After undergoing some tests, I tested positive for Covid-19. Plans are afoot to get all my family members and close associates tested as well’’. Subsequent to testing positive for COVID-19, cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams assured the nation that Mthembu had been placed in quarantine.
The news of Mthembu’s passing was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa. In a recent tweet, the President said this ‘’Minister Mthembu was an exemplary leader, an activist and lifelong champion of freedom and democracy. He was a much loved and greatly respected colleague and comrade, whose passing leaves our nation at a loss’’.
Since the news of Mthembu’s passing was announced, tributes and condolences have been pouring in from colleagues, admirers of his work as well as other political parties. Amongst those who offered their condolences is the Economic Freedom Fighters. The party issued a statement in which
they commend Jackson Mthembu’s dedication and service to the nation. Furthermore, on their official Twitter account the EFF tweeted a tribute that stated ‘’while we differed from time to time, we know that our country has lost a powerful force who charged his responsibilities with passion. Rest in peace Comrade Jackson Mthembu’’.