Jackson Mthembu Biography – Jackson Mthembu Wiki
Jackson Mthembu (born Jackson Mphikwa Mthembu) was a South African politician. He was the Minister in the Presidency from 30 May 2019 until his death on 21 January 2021. He served as the Chief Whip of the ANC in the National Assembly from 2016 up to the end of the 5th term of parliament in 2019.
Mthembu cut his political teeth in student politics in the 1970s. He was a student leader at Elukhanyisweni Secondary School in Witbank during the 1976 students’ Uprisings. His activism continued when he was a student at the historic University of Fort Hare, resulting in his expulsion in 1980. He started working at Highveld Steel as a training officer from 1980 to 1984, and as a production foreman from 1986-1988. He was a senior steward at the Metal and Allied Workers Union from 1984 to 1986 and chair of the Witbank Education Crisis Committee from 1980 to 1986.
During the 1980s, the states of emergency saw him in and out of prison. Mthembu was charged with treason and acquitted between 1986 and 1988. He led the Swapo support group in 300 taxis to the first democratic elections in 1988 in Namibia.
From deputy regional secretary of the United Democratic Front from 1988 to 1990, he went on to become the media officer for the SA Council of Churches. From 1990 to 1994 Mthembu was the ANC spokesman in the Eastern Transvaal (Mpumalanga) region and from 1995 to 1997 the ANC national spokesman. Prior to his appointment, as ANC national spokesman, he was the speaker of the Mpumalanga Legislature from May 2006.
In addition, Mthembu was MEC in Mpumalanga for public roads and transport from 1997 to 1999. He chaired the portfolio committees on local government, education, sport, recreation and arts and culture, and was again MEC for roads and transport from May 2008 to May 2009.
Jackson Mthembu Age
He was born in June 1958 in Witbank, South Africa. He died on 21 January 2021. He was 62 years old.
Jackson Mthembu Wife
He was married to his wife Thembi Mthembu, a nurse. He was previously married to his first wife the late Pinkie S. Jackson.
Jackson Mthembu Children
Mthembu has six children; two daughters and four sons. His eldest daughter, with his first wife the late Pinkie S. Jackson, Khwezi Mthembu committed suicide on 19 March 2019 aged 25.
Jackson Mthembu Death
Jackson Mthembu died on 21 January 2021, at the age of 62 due to Covid-19 related complications. President Cyril Ramaphosa issued the following statement on the passing of Minister Jackson Mthembu: “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. 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. I extend my deepest sympathies to the Minister’s family, to his colleagues, comrades and many friends.”
Jackson Mthembu Cause of Death
Mthembu died of COVID-19 complications. Mthembu tested positive for Covid-19 on 11 January 2021. He tweeted: “Today I visited the Military hospital in Tshwane to get medical attention for an abdominal pain. After undergoing some tests, I tested positive for Covid 19. Plans are afoot to get all my family members and close associates tested as well. I want to thank the many South Africans who have wished me a speedy recovery. As a people, we must overcome Covid 19.”
The Minister said at the time: “We once again urge all South Africans to play their part by continuing to regularly wash/sanitising their hands, properly wearing a face mask and practicing physical distancing at all times.” He took the test after showing some symptoms.
Jackson Mthembu Education, Qualifications
He attended Elukhanyisweni Secondary School in Witbank where he was a student leader. He went to the University of Fort Hare but was later expelled.
Jackson Mthembu Net Worth
Jackson Mthembu’s net worth is not on record.