| Jackson Mthembu |
(COVID-19/Premature death?, Politician, Anti-apartheid activist)
|Born||Jackson Mphikwa Mthembu|
5 June 1958
Witbank, South Africa
|Died||21 January 2021 (Age 62)|
Johannesburg, South Africa
Cause of death
|Victim of||Premature death|
Long running politician from South Africa, dies of Covid. His doctor has a fatal Helicopter crash the same day.
Jackson Mphikwa Mthembu was a South African politician who was Minister in the Presidency of South Africa's government, and as a parliamentarian for the African National Congress. Previously, he served as the Whip of Parliament for the ruling ANC as well as the national spokesperson for the ANC.
Mthembu served as the MEC for Transport in Mpumalanga from 1997 to 1999, during which he was criticized for spending 2.3 million South African rand on ten BMWs.
Mthembu was elected to National Assembly of South Africa in 2014 where he served till his death in 2021.
On 28 November 2017, some of Mthembu's ANC colleagues criticised him for "colluding" with the DA to schedule a debate on state capture in Parliament in defiance of President Jacob Zuma and his colleagues in the ANC caucus who had already called for a more inclusive process to investigate state capture.
Mthembu was married to Thembi Mthembu. He had six children. His daughter, 25-year-old Nokhwezi Mthembu, committed suicide on 20 March 2019 at their Pelican Park parliamentary village home in Cape Town.
In 2014, Mthembu was shot in the cheek while using an Absa ATM on Mandela Street in the Witbank CBD. The armed man and his accomplices proceeded to Mthembu's car, where four of his friends were waiting for him, and robbed them of their money and cellphones.
Mthembu died due to COVID-19 complications on 21 January 2021. A medical helicopter transporting one of his doctors crashed the same day, killing all 5 on board.
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- Interview with Jackson Mthembu on ANC centenary celebrations - broadcast by Radio France Internationale
- ↑ http://www.news24.com/elections/news/anc-names-new-national-spokesperson-20140526
- ↑ Politics in South Africa: From Mandela to Mbeki, https://archive.org/details/politicsinsoutha0000lodg/page/38
- ↑ Political Corruption: Concepts and Contexts, https://books.google.com/books?id=49y50pzjAzAC
- ↑ https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/mthembu-slams-anc-mps-accusations-that-he-colluded-with-da-in-state-capture-motion-20171128
- ↑ https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/jackson-mthembu-shares-pain-of-finding-his-daughters-body-20283325
- ↑ https://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/ancs-jackson-mthembu-tweets-that-daughter-committed-suicide-19982613
- ↑ https://mg.co.za/article/2014-10-20-ancs-mthembu-shot-during-armed-robbery/
- ↑ https://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2021-01-21-minister-jackson-mthembu-dies-of-covid-related-complications/
- ↑ https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/doctor-who-died-in-the-kzn-chopper-crash-had-tried-to-save-jackson-mthembus-life-that-same-day-20210122