The South African Aerospace Maritime Defence Industry Association (AMD) has said the passing of Minister Jackson Mthembu is a great loss not only to the South African Defence Industry (SADI) community but to the country as a whole.
Mthembu died of COVID-related complications on 21 January, the Presidency announced. He was 62.
“AMD is deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Minister Jackson Mthembu who was the Minister in the Presidency of South Africa and also served as the Chairperson of the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC),” the Association said.
“Minister Mthembu will always be remembered for the role he played in the liberation of our country and the sacrifices he made for the freedom that we now all enjoy. With every assignment he was given, in the post-apartheid South Africa, he brought with him enthusiasm, commitment and dedication. This extended to the last positions he held before his untimely demise.
“As the Chairperson of the NCACC he was instrumental in ensuring that South Africa was a responsible exporter of conventional arms, in line with international regulations and South Africa’s national interest. Those he leaves behind have a responsibility of ensuring that his legacy is preserved and that in his honour and memory we carry out to the end that task of modernising our conventional arms regulatory framework and systems.
“On behalf of the entire SADI the AMD Board joins the country in extending its heartfelt condolences to his family, colleagues and friends. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” Sandile Ndlovu, Acting Executive Director of AMD said in a statement.