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Jackson Mthembu dies from Covid-19-related complications

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Jackson Mthembu dies from Covid-19-related complications

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu

21st January 2021

By: Sane Dhlamini
Creamer Media Researcher and Writer

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President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his sadness and shock, on Thursday, at the news of the passing of Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu.

Mthembu, who had died from Covid-19-related complications, was at the forefront of Cabinet, helping to disseminate information since the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country early last year.

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On January 11, Mthembu had announced that he had tested positive for Covid-19 after experiencing abdominal pains. He thanked South Africans for wishing him a speedy recovery. His last message to South Africans read, "As a people we must overcome Covid 19."

In a statement from the Presidency, Ramaphosa said Mthembu was an exemplary leader, an activist and life-long champion of freedom and democracy.

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“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,” Ramaphosa said.

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