'Hamba kahle, Mkhonto': Mzansi mourns the death of minister Jackson Mthembu
Social media was flooded with tributes to late minister in the presidency Jackson Mthembu after his death on Thursday morning.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement that Mthembu had died of Covid-19 related complications. He was 62 at the time of his death.
On January 11, Mthembu announced that he had tested positive for Covid-19 after “showing some symptoms”.
“Today I visited the military hospital in Tshwane to get medical attention for an abdominal pain. After undergoing some tests, I tested positive for Covid-19. Plans are afoot to get all my family members and close associates tested as well,” he wrote.
Mthembu was a prominent part of the government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, communicating key messages about the virus to citizens.
“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,” Ramaphosa said in tribute to Mthembu.
Social media was filled with messages of condolences and tribute to Mthembu, dominating the Twitter trends list with thousands of tweets.
Covid19 is really here to take & destroy. Cde @JacksonMthembu_ was a genuine leader, dependable, solid & dedicated servant of the people of South Africa. We mourn his loss & won’t forget his Comradeship & sacrifice for our people. Sincere condolences to his family. MHSRIP pic.twitter.com/7oCPJ6nAgw— Baphelele M (@BapsMhlaba) January 21, 2021
🕊️| The DA extends sincere condolences to Minister Jackson Mthembu's family and loved ones during this difficult time.— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) January 21, 2021
"You have lost a generous man with a big heart and an even bigger sense of humour." - @jsteenhuisen, DA Leader
Lala ngoxolo Mvelase. 🤍https://t.co/sNW6G2uPyW
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness"— 05th November (@pitsode1) January 21, 2021
Rest in Power Jackson Mthembu
Hamba kahle, Mkhonto,
Wee, Mkhonto, Mkhonto weSizwe!#RIPJacksonMthembu pic.twitter.com/5lAbnYUkCR
I am absolutely sad about Jackson Mthembu. Never met him but he would hold my attention every time I saw him on tv. Sad and not that it matters but condolences. ❤️— Anele Mdoda (@Anele) January 21, 2021