It is a gloomy day for the political fraternity of South Africa, as the news of the passing of Thembi Mthembu has sent shockwaves to the entire country. The late Jackson Mthembu’s wife passed away early on Thursday.
It has been only a year and three months since she mourned the death of her husband and former Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu. The minister died in January 2021 as a result of COVID-19 complications. Sadly, after being hospitalized for a short period, he succumbed to the illness. Mthembu was laid to rest in his hometown of Emalahleni in Mpumalanga.
His widow worked as a nurse at a local clinic and got along with many people just like her late husband. Her untimely death has shocked many across the country. The details of her death are still unclear at this stage. However, according to the cousin of the deceased, she had been battling a medical condition known to the family for a long time.
She was then admitted to the hospital in early April and has been unwell for the past couple of weeks. With her still coming to terms with the passing of her husband, it was still weighing heavy for her. Mrs. Mthembu took her final breath in a Pretoria hospital.
Family spokesperson Vuyisiwe Mthembu said: “we are really disturbed with the news of the passing of our sister-in-law as we were still trying to find ourselves after the passing of our late brother, now this happened to our sister-in-law. There are no words to express the shock”
Heartfelt condolences and tributes on various social media continue to pour in.
The wife of the late Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu has died. The family says Thembi Mthembu passed away this morning. Her husband died last year due to COVID-19. #DStv403 pic.twitter.com/HMviC0pob3
— eNCA (@eNCA) April 14, 2022
ANC officials are expected to issue the official statement this afternoon.
💔 What a double blow to the children and broader family of the late Jackson Mthembu. May the recently departed Mrs Thembi Mthembu #RIP. Heartfelt condolences to all loved ones.💔🕊🌻
— Prof Thuli Madonsela #SocialJustice (@ThuliMadonsela3) April 14, 2022