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Things to know about late politician, Jackson Mthembu

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Jackson Mthembu was announced dead few days ago due to COVID-19 related complications.

Many have taken to their social media to pay tribute to the deceased including President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The president said: “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,” the President’s statement reads.

Let’s take a look at some of the details about the politician:

  • Jackson Mphikwa Mthembu born on 5th June 1958 was a South African politician who served as Minister in the Presidency of South Africa’s government, and as a parliamentarian for the African National Congress (ANC).
  • Previously, he served as the Whip of Parliament for the ruling ANC as well as the national spokesperson for the ANC.
  • The politician died on 21st January 2021 due to COVID-19 related complications.
  • Mthembu 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.
  • Mthembu was elected to National Assembly of South Africa in 1999 where he served till his death in 2021.
  • The deceased was married to Thembi Mthembu. He had six children. His daughter, 25-year-old Nokhwezi Mthembu, committed suicide on 20 March 2019 at their Pelican Park parliamentary village home in Cape Town.

May his soul rest in perfect peace.

 

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