By Kopano Kgasago and Mmabatho Maboya
President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa sent his condolences after Minister in the Presidency Jackson, Mthembu died due to covid-19 related complications today morning Thursday on the 21 January 2021. President Cyril Ramaphosa issued a statement of the passing of Jackson Mthembu earlier this morning.
On the 11 January 2021, the tweet was shared by the late Minister Mthembu written “Today I visited the Military hospital in Tshwane to get medical attention for an abdominal pain. After undergoing some tests, I tested positive for covid-19”.
Jackson Mthembu was born in Witbank (Emalahleni) in 1958, then cut his political teeth as a student in the 1970s, from there he became National Spokesperson for the ANC between 1995 and 1997 under Nelson Mandela. He has been part of ANC NEC since 2007, became Chief Whip for the ANC in parliament from 2016 to 2019, then Minister in the presidency since 2019 till his last day.
This shocked many South Africans as they lost an exemplary leader, an activist, and a life-long champion of freedom and democracy. The fans and colleagues on Twitter react to the passing of much-loved and greatly respected Minister Mthembu whose passing leaves South African Nation at a loss. Panyaza Lesufi tweeted “when the spear was blunt #RIPJacksonMthembu will sharpen it. When debates where directionless, he will direct the debate. When anger was the order of the day, he will bring order.
All political parties send their condolences and resembles him as professional leader and likeable approach in the position of Minister of government.
Floyd Shibambu “Rest in peace Cde Jackson Mthembu! You often rose above factionalism & narrow partisan politics. Your legacy includes the fact that as Chief Whip of the majority party you guided your caucus to vote for a journey towards amendment of section 25 to allow for expropriation of land”. The last tweet of Mthembu “ I want to thank the many South Africans who have wished me a speedy recovery. As a people we must overcome covid-19”
Funeral arrangements for the late Minister Jackson Mthembu are yet to be finalized