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Tributes pour in following the passing of Jackson Mthembu

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The passing of ANC NEC member, Jackson Mthembu, has been confirmed by the ruling party, as he is said to have succumbed to COVID-19-related complications on Thursday.

The African National Congress (ANC) took to Twitter on Thursday, 21 January 2021, to confirm that Jackson Mthembu had passed away earlier that day at age 62. According to the ANC, the Minister in the Presidency succumbed to COVID-19-related complications.

According to reports, the medical team that was being flown in to attempt to save Mthembu’s life also died in a helicopter crash. One of the people believed to have been in the helicopter was the KwaZulu-Natal doctor that was reportedly called in to attend to Mthembu.

In the touching statement shared by the ANC, the party noted, “Mvelase’s contribution in the NEC was always considered, aimed at genuine exchange of ideas and finding solutions, always passionately committed to the betterment of South Africa’s people, especially the poor and the marginalised. As a revolutionary cadre, he understood the importance of self-criticism, always willing to admit if he made mistakes and self-correct. We all remember his sense of humour, his firmness and humility.”

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