Minister in the presidency, Jackson Mthembu, has died of Covid-19 related complications.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement on Thursday that Mthembu died earlier that morning.
“Minister Mthembu was an exemplary leader, an activist and lifelong champion of freedom and democracy. He was a much-loved and greatly respected colleague and comrade, whose passing leaves our nation at a loss.
“I extend my deepest sympathies to the Minister’s family, to his colleagues, comrades and many friends,” he said.
Over 1 million people in Africa have succumbed to COVID-19.