The death of South African Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, shocked and saddened MPs from both sides of the House with member from across the political spectrum paying tribute. ANC Chief Whip, Pemmy Majodina said the ANC caucus was devastated by the loss while lauding Mthembu for his work in government communications, particularly during the pandemic. DA leader John Steenhuisen, who served as the Chief Whip of the opposition opposite Mthembu during the often acrimonious Fifth Parliament, said he was deeply saddened by the death of his “former parliamentary colleague, adversary and friend”. And while Mthembu often crossed swords with the EFF in Parliament, the party praised him for always providing “logical and sound leadership” which often transcended the partisan nature of parliamentary politics.