Jackson Mthembu is the Minister in the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa from 30 May 2019.
Mr Mthembu served as Chief Whip of the ANC in the National Assembly (2016 - 2019).
He is the former national spokesperson for the African National Congress. He served as the MEC for Public Roads and Transport in Mpumalanga from 1997-1999. He chaired the Portfolio Committees on Local Government, Education, Sport and Recreation, Arts and Culture and Environmental Affairs. He currently serves as a parliamentarian for the ANC.
During the 1976 Soweto uprising, he was a student leader at Elukhanyisweni Secondary School in Witbank. He went to the University of Fort Hare but was later expelled and then started working at Highveld Steel as a training officer. During the state of emergency in the 1980s he was in and out of prison. Mr Mthembu was charged with treason and was acquitted between 1986 and 1988. He led the Swapo support group to the first democratic elections in 1988 in Namibia.