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South African government minister dies from coronavirus

Jackson Mthembu, a South African minister, has died from Covid-19, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Thursday.

Mthembu was one of the government’s key leaders in its response to the global pandemic and its public face during many news briefings.

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,” President Ramaphosa tweeted.

“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,” Ramaphosa added.

Mthembu tweeted that he had contracted Covid-19 on January 11.

“Today I visited the Military hospital in Tshwane to get medical attention for an abdominal pain,” he said at the time. “After undergoing some tests, I tested positive for Covid-19… I want to thank the many South Africans who have wished me a speedy recovery. As a people we must overcome Covid-19,” Mthembu added.

As of Wednesday South Africa’s Department of Health reported 1,369,426 cases of Covid-19 and 38,854 deaths.

Source: CNN

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