The late Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu’s memorial service will be held at the Government Communication and Information System Auditorium in Hatfield, Pretoria on Monday.

The memorial service was originally planned for Saturday but has been postponed following consultation between the Presidency and the late minister’s family.

Politicians have been visiting Mthembu’s home in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga to pay their respects. Most of Mthembu’s colleagues battled to hold back tears as they conveyed messages of condolences to his family.

Mthembu died on Thursday from COVID-19 related complications after being admitted to hospital last week. He will be buried in Emalahleni on Sunday during an Official Funeral Category One.

Mpumalanga acting African National Congress secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali has fond memories of Mthembu.

“What we have learned from him is to stand by the principle and to stand by the things that he believes in and it was not possible that you would change his mind if it’s not what he believes in. Positions never changed comrade Jackson, we’ve lost a lot as Emalahleni and as the ANC in Mpumalanga. We’ve lost a servant of a people, a humble servant that was serving at all levels with or without any deployment.”