Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa:
It is with deep sorrow and shock that we announce that Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu 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 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.
Mthembu was 62. He tested positive for Covid-19 on 11 January.
— phumla williams (@mirriamp) January 21, 2021
Devastated to learn of the passing of Minister Jackson Mthembu. Was such an honour to serve alongside this true South African patriot. Condolences to his family and friends and the colleagues in his party. May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/z2EDUsPq7W
— John Steenhuisen MP (@jsteenhuisen) January 21, 2021
My condolences to family and colleagues of Jackson Mthembu.
We must not allow politics to forget our humanity. Giants are falling to this disease.
May he rest in peace🕯 pic.twitter.com/fBMDr0Fakw
— Herman Mashaba (@HermanMashaba) January 21, 2021
Jackson Mthembu 💔
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) January 21, 2021