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Jackson Mthembu’s wife Thembi dies

The wife of former minister in the presidency Jackson Mthembu has died.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Artwel Mthembu confirmed that Thembi Mthembu died at a Pretoria hospital on Thursday morning.

“She had not been well in the past few weeks and she sadly passed away this morning in hospital. This has just opened up wounds as we lost Jackson last year,” he said.

The former minister died early last year from Covid-19-related complications.

Several people took to social media to express their condolences to the family.

Eastern Cape legislature deputy Speaker Mlibo Qoboshiyane wrote on Facebook:The late minister and NEC [national executive committee] member of the ANC Cde Jackson Mthembu’s wife, Thembi, passed away early this morning. Our prayers are with the children, family and relatives. Indeed, birth is the beginning of death.

Lumko Mtimde also wrote:Word just came through that the wonderful wife of the late leader and friend, comrade Jackson Mthembu, has passed away this morning. May the perfect soul of our sister Thembi rest in perfect peace.

Another Facebook user, Charles Awuzie, said it was a sad day in South Africa, adding that the Mthembu family had been through so much already.

“First, Kwezi, their first daughter, took her life at Pelican Parliamentary Village in Cape Town in 2019. Last year, Jackson Mthembu passed away and today, his widow left the world. As a political leader, minister Jackson Mthembu sacrificed his family and everything to serve his country. I hope the country remembers his sacrifices. My heart goes out to the Mthembu family,” he said.

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