South African Minister Jackson Mthembu dies of COVID-19 complications

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Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu at a media briefing held on Thursday, 4 June 2020. [Photo: Creative Commons / GCIS]

Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu at a media briefing held on Thursday, 4 June 2020. [Photo: Creative Commons / GCIS]
South Africa’s Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, died Thursday at the age of 62 from complications related to COVID-19. The country’s presidency revealed the news on Thursday via Twitter.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa described Mthembu as a “much-loved and greatly respected colleague and comrade, whose passing leaves our nation at a loss.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time of loss,” Ramaphosa said.

https://twitter.com/PresidencyZA/status/1352239168294969346

Mthembu revealed that he had become infected with the virus ten days ago, announcing at the time that he was “showing some symptoms.”

The late minister played a prominent role in South Africa’s coronavirus response, taking responsibility for communicating government messaging on the pandemic to the public.

Mthembu was the fourth cabinet-level official known to have contracted the deadly virus since it was first detected in country in March of last year.

South Africa is by far the coronavirus-stricken country on the continent, with nearly 1.4 million confirmed infections and almost 39,000 recorded COVID-19 deaths.

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