Minister in Presidency Jackson Mthembu passed on earlier on Thursday from COVID-related complications. The presidency has sent condolences to his family.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time of loss,” says the presidency in a statement.
Minister Mthembu has been described as an exemplary leader, an activist, and a 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,” says the presidency.
Mthembu’s death comes as the country continues to battle the second wave of the coronavirus. The country currently has a total of 1 369 426 coronavirus cases. Below are the latest stats: