President Cyril Ramaphosa said that Jackson Mthembu was one of our country’s heroes, one of its finest public servants, and one of the SA's greatest patriots. JacksonMthembu RIPJacksonMthembu
President Cyril Ramaphosa said that Jackson Mthembu was one of SA’s heroes, one of its finest public servants, and one of the country’s greatest patriots.
ShareCape Town - “Jackson Mthembu was one of our country’s heroes, one of our finest public servants, and one of our greatest patriots.”This is how President Cyril Ramaphosa eulogised Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu , whose funeral service was held at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Ackerville, Emalahleni in Mpumalanga on Sunday morning.
Mthembu died of Covid-19 related complications in hospital on Thursday.At the funeral, the minister’s daughter Thuli Mthembu spoke on behalf of her siblings and “those who saw him as a father figure”.“It came as no surprise to us seeing pictures of daddy singing and dancing because that is literally all he did.
“My father was a personified version of literal ’a breath of fresh air’. He made joy and laughter his daily bread, and in this hard time, seeing South Africa see that too, has brought us smiles in this season of sorrow.“Thuli mentioned that she was sad that the grandchildren in the family will miss out on some of the lessons that they have learned from him. headtopics.com
President Ramaphosa said that the news of Mthembu’s passing struck a deep and solemn note.“I remember the words of William Shakespeare, ’When sorrows come, they come not as single spies, but in battalions!’... The stroke of death has taken the very one who has been our citadel, our rock, and our towel of strength at this deadly moment in our country’s history.
“He has left a void in our government, in the movement to which he dedicated his life and in the country of which he was such a proud citizen.“Mvelase was among those infinitely rare individuals in our politically-charged society. He was admired and respected across party lines.
“It has been profoundly touching to witness how the news of the minister’s passing stilled the clatter and bickering that has consumed us in recent times and united us in our sorrow.“One dare hope that the sentiment that has been displayed at Minister Mthembu’s passing is a reminder that we have more in common than we may choose to believe, whether as members of society or as political parties. After all, we all want one thing: what is best for our country,” Ramaphosa said.
“We have lost a man who was able to transcend political differences, and to reach out and forge alliances in pursuit of a common goal.”Farewell my dear brother, my comrade and friend.Ulala ngoxolo Mvelase ka Guda! Read more: IOL News »
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