The Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) would like to express its heartfelt condolences to Mthembu family, comrades and colleagues of Minister Jackson Mphikwa Mthembu. He was indeed an exceptional Minister who valued accountability and never shied away from difficult question. A communicator par excellence.
Out of the many roles he played within the African National Congress, the media will always remember him as the friend and defender of media freedom and freedom of expression. He served as a spokesperson in Mpumalanga Province for both the ANC and for the provincial executive. He moved on to be the national spokesperson of the governing party. Throughout his tenure, he showed tremendous respect for and gave journalists from mainstream media to community media equal opportunities and access to leaders.
He did not discriminate between senior and young journalists and ensured that they got the chance to ask questions. He always strove to build bridges and forged the professional spirit between media and politics.
You will be greatly missed