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Jackson Mthembu, one of the ministers at the forefront of communicating the government’s strategy on the Covid-19 pandemic, has succumbed to the virus. He was 62.

The minister in the presidency died on Thursday morning, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement. Mthembu was the sixth member of the executive to contract the virus since the pandemic took hold in the country in March 2020. It has claimed 40,000 lives so far and devastated the economy...

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