The ANC has sent its deepest condolences to the Jacobs family on the passing of its former General Manager at Luthuli House Ignatius Jacobs.

The 56-year-old Jacobs died earlier on Wednesday after a three year battle with cancer.

An underground operative of the African National Congress (ANC) armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe, Ignatious Jacobs was born on July 31,  in 1963.

He was an activist of the United Democratic Front affiliated to Azapo student wing, Azaso. He also served in the ANC Youth League and in both the ANC and the South African Communist Party (SACP) in Gauteng.

In the Gauteng Legislature, he served as the MEC for Education, Social Development, as well as Transport.

The ANC says his contribution was worthy of emulation by young people.

He will be buried on Saturday by his family.

In compliance with the lockdown restrictions, only close family will be allowed at the funeral.

He is survived by wife Amelia and three children.