- Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen recently posted a sweet message about the late Jackson Mthembu
- This will be the first SONA without the honourable minister, who succumbed to Covid-19-related complications
- Mzansi social media users offered words of comfort and sympathy
Democratic Alliance(DA) leader John Steenhuisen took to social media to lament the absence of the late Jackson Mthembu.
This will be the first State of the Nation address (SONA) without the late Minister in Presidency after his tragic passing a few weeks ago.
Taking to Twitter Steenhuisen posted an old picture with Mthembu and captioned it:
“SONA this year feels so empty and strange without you and your relentless teasing. Miss you friend and thinking about you today.”
The bittersweet post left Mzansi social media users missing the fallen politician. Twitter user ALETTAHA said:
“Awwwww, here comes the tears”
“We all miss him John”
“He was a great man.”
“Ooh man that's so nice Mr Steenhuisen, we can't be enemies forever, yes political we need to be serious”
“The man was in a legend... a real paragon that was synonymous with compassion, kindness and honesty...A man for the people... A symbol from Madiba's dynasty. He left an indelible impression on all of us...We are all missing him...RIP...”
“He was indeed one of a kind. May he continue to rest.”
Ramaphosa said that Mthembu cooperated with his colleagues and delivered his duties to the best of his abilities.
The president praised Mthembu for executing his tasks with great commitment and accountability.
Ramaphosa said that Mthembu was a kind and friendly person but when he was discharging his duties and fighting corruption people would see a different side to him.
He lauded Mthembu for having the courage to challenge those in powerful positions on matters of corruption.
The president said that Jackson Mthembu risked his life to fight for freedom and despaired when the country "lost its way".
Jackson Mthembu was always a figure who seemed larger than life, he was charismatic and empathetic. South Africa is still reeling from the news of his passing.
His funeral was an emotional affair, he was honoured with a category 1 state funeral.
Mthembu passed on Thursday due to Covid-19 complications.
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