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Jackson Mthembu memorial service to take place on 25 January

The service will take place in Hatfield at government's communication offices.

FILE: Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu at a post-Cabinet briefing on 8 August 2019. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - A memorial service will be held on Monday for the late minister in the presidency, Jackson Mthembu.

The service will take place in Hatfield at government's communication offices.

Mthembu succumbed to COVID-19 on Thursday after he was admitted to 1 Military Hospital in the capital last Monday.

He is set to be honoured with an official category 1 state funeral at his home of Emalahleni in Mpumalanga on Sunday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said the national flag should be flown at half-mast at every flag station in the country from Saturday morning to Sunday evening.

On Friday, many people paid tribute to Mthembu during a drive-by outside his family home.

Statistician General Risenga Maluleke said the country has lost a humble servant of the people.

“The loss is beyond the departments which were under his watch. The loss is for the nation especially for the kind man he was. In our culture as Africans, we always say that you measure the length of the tree when it as fallen. And indeed, a great tree has fallen.”

Maluleke said Mthembu was incorruptible, impartial and reasonable.

“He treated his work, from the time he was a parliamentarian until he was appointed a minister, without prejudice, without fear or favour; and that’s a legacy that he’s leaving behind for us.”

Deputy President David Mabuza will deliver a keynote tribute at Mthembu's memorial service.

Presidential acting spokesperson Tyrone Seale, said, “The memorial service for the late Jackson Mthembu which was scheduled for (Saturday) has been postponed to Monday, 25 January and that event will be addressed by Deputy President David Mabuza.”

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