President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the late Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu will be honoured with an official funeral at his home in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, this Sunday.
He was admitted to the hospital last week, following abdominal pains and tested positive for coronavirus. Mthembu passed away on Thursday at the age of 62.
The national flag will be flown at half-mast at every flag station in the country from Saturday morning until Sunday.
In a statement, the Presidency says Mthembu contributed immensely to the liberation struggle and occupied several strategic and leadership roles in democratic South Africa.
A memorial service will be held at 1pm on Saturday at the GCIS Auditorium in Hatfield in Pretoria.
Mourners continue to arrive at the late Minister’s Ackerville home in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, to pay their last respects.
He’s been described as a humble servant of the people, whose deep laughter reverberated through every space he found himself in.
Jackson Mthembu’s legacy has been memorialised by all, across the political spectrum. His colleagues from the Government Communication and Information Services (GCIS) earlier had a drive-by visit at his family home on Friday afternoon.
Tributes continue to pour in.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has paid tribute to the late Minister.
EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu said Mthembu was incorruptible and praised him for his stance and work on land expropriation.