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Thursday, January 21, 2021

South Africa minister dies of COVID-19 related complications

A South African Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, passed away on Thursday due to COVID-19 related complications, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

This follows an announcement a few days ago that Mthembu was going into self-isolation after contracting COVID-19.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time of loss. Minister Mthembu was an exemplary leader, an activist and a life-long champion of freedom and democracy,” said the president.

In a a message of condolences to Mthembu’s family, friends and colleagues Ramaphosa described Mthembu’s death as a loss to the nation as he was loved and greatly respected

Mthembu was a seasoned politician, who served in various portfolios such as the Whip of Parliament for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and as well as the national spokesperson for the ANC.

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