Jackson Mthembu

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Person.png Jackson Mthembu  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(COVID-19/Premature death?, Politician, Anti-apartheid activist)
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BornJackson Mphikwa Mthembu
5 June 1958
Witbank, South Africa
Died21 January 2021 (Age 62)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Cause of death
NationalitySouth African
Victim ofPremature death
Long running politician from South Africa, dies of Covid. His doctor has a fatal Helicopter crash the same day.

Employment.png Minister in the Presidency (South Africa)

In office
30 May 2019 - 21 January 2021
Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

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.[1]

Political career

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.[2][3]

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.[4]

Personal life

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.[5][6]

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.[7]


Mthembu died due to COVID-19 complications on 21 January 2021.[8] A medical helicopter transporting one of his doctors crashed the same day, killing all 5 on board.[9]

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