A family which lost its patriarch just 15 months ago is also coming to terms with another tragic death on Thursday. Thembi Mthembu, late ANC Minister Jackson Mthembu’s wife, passed away earlier this morning.
The news has shocked the political fraternity of SA, given that Thembi was just as well-liked as her husband. Before her death, Mrs Mthembu worked as a nurse at a local clinic – something which endeared her to the public.
No cause of death has yet been established, and details still remain sketchy. But the Mthembu clan is now having to deal with the loss of another integral member of the family. Tributes have been paid to Thembi on social media, and we’re expecting an official statement from ANC officials later today.
In January 2021, Jackson Mthembu died as a result of complications arising from COVID-19. The former minister had comorbidities, which increased his vulnerability to the virus. Sadly, after a short stay in hospital, the Cabinet member succumbed to the illness.
It’s understood that Thembi Mthembu, who had her own long-standing medical conditions, was admitted to hospital earlier in April. Speaking to the media this morning, a cousin of the deceased revealed that she had been ‘particularly unwell’ for the last couple of weeks.
Sadly, it seems that the passing of her husband is still weighing heavy on the Mthembu’s:
“Thembi was not well for the last couple of weeks – she lost her life in hospital. What happened is that it just opened up the wounds because if you remember we lost Jackson last year.”Thembi Mthembu’s cousin