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He never forgot his humanity - politicians and journalists mourn Jackson Mthembu

22 January 2021 9:21 AM
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Political leaders and members of the media have paid tribute to the late Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu.

Mthembu died on Thursday, at the age of 62, 10 days after he was diagnosed with Covid-19.

RELATED: Minister Jackson Mthembu passes away from Covid-19

The minister was at the forefront of the government's communication around the virus.

He is being remembered as a man of integrity and someone who always displayed humanity and humility in his interactions with journalists, colleagues, and South African communities.

The late Minister in the Presidency was respected and admired for his professional and likeable approach in the positions he held in government.

Political communications consultant Chris Vick says Mthembu was a fearless and effective communicator who never shied away from tough conversations.

Vick was a former colleague and friend of the minister and says Mthembu always stood out for his leadership qualities and communication style.

Mthembu showed humanity and was vulnerable, honest, and introspective about difficult moments in his personal life, Vick reflects.

I think most South Africans now Jackson through that happy smiling face at the Covid-19 briefings but many of us also know him from when he was a young activist working in eMalahleni, formerly known as Witbank.

Chris Vick, Political communications specialist

He was an incredibly committed activist - fearless! He was a very effective communicator and also a very special human being.

Chris Vick, Political communications specialist

I think that dimension of humanity is something that will stick with us and it's a legacy that we must try and build on. It's an acceptance that we are fallible.

Chris Vick, Political communications specialist

Social media has been flooded with tributes to Mthembu, including heartfelt salutes from journalists and members of opposition parties.

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says the minister epitomised human decency while broadcaster Leanne Manas says she'll remember him for his warmth and professionalism.




22 January 2021 9:21 AM
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RIP Jackson Mthembu
Jackson Mthembu tributes

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