JOHANNESBURG: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has learnt with sadness of the passing of Minister in the Presidency, Mr Jackson Mthembu who passed away on Thursday, 21 January 2021.
Mr Mthembu was a political activist who contributed to the democracy that South Africa is enjoying today. He was committed to the emancipation of the masses of South African from the shackles of the oppressive apartheid system and fought tirelessly to realize his mission.
Born in Ackerville, Witbank in the Mpumalanga province, Mr Mthembu served as the MEC for Transport in Mpumalanga. He became a spokesperson for the African National Congress and later its Chief Whip in Parliament before his appointment to the Presidency.
“Mr Mthembu was true gentleman who was humble, warm, humorous, hardworking and who always put people first. South Africa is a poorer place without a cadre of his calibre,” said Mr Rihan Richards, Acting President of the CSA Members’ Council.
Judge Zak Yacoob, Chairperson of the CSA Interim Board said, “Mr Mthembu leaves behind a rich legacy of one who served with commitment and dedication. He valued accountability and never shied away from engaging in difficult conversations. He was a true professional.”
CSA sends its condolences to his wife, Mrs Thembi Mthembu, his children, family, President Cyril Ramaphosa and Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, the African National Congress and all the people whom he served with dedication throughout his life.