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Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the passing of Minister Jackson Mthembu

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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. 

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. 

Issued by: President Cyril Ramaphosa