South African minister, Jackson Mthembu, has died of coronavirus.

President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed the death of Mthembu on Thursday as he condoles his family colleagues, comrades and many friends.

“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,” Ramaphosa said.

“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.”
May the soul of Jackson Mthembu rest in perfect peace.

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