Minister Jackson Mthembu dies of Covid-related complications

July 05,2016.Jackson Mthembu of the ANC NEC Sub-Committee on Communications at the Press Conference at Luthuli Houes in Johannesburg.Picture:FREDDY MAVUNDA © Business Day

Minister in the presidency, Jackson Mthembu, has died of Covid-19 related complications.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement on Thursday that Mthembu died earlier that morning.

“Minister Mthembu was an exemplary leader, an activist and lifelong 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,” he said.

This is a developing story.

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