Jackson Mthembu (born on 5 June 1958) is a South African politician. He is currently serving as the Minister in the Presidency of South Africa.
He also serves as parliamentarian for the African National Congress (ANC). Jackson was the national spokesperson and Chief Whip for ANC.
For two years (1997-1999), he served as the MEC for Transport in Mpumalanga.
During his years of service as the MEC, Jackson received criticisms for spending R2.3 million on ten (10) BMWs.
- Born: 5 June 1958
- Age: 61 years
- Place of birth: Witbank
- Spouse: Thembi Mthembu
- Education: University of Fort Hare
- Party: African National Congress
- Siblings: Mandla Mthembu, Michael Mthembu
He attended Elukhanyisweni Secondary School in Witbank. There, he served as a student leader during the Soweto Uprising in 1976.
Jackson attended the University of Fort Hare but later received an expulsion letter. Then he got a job as a training officer at Highveld Steel.
He is the current Minister in the Presidency. From 2016 – 2019, Jackson served as Chief Whip of the ANC in the National Assembly.
In the 80s, when South Africa was declared to be in a state of emergency, Jacob was in and out of prison.
He got charges on treason and was acquitted (1986 and 1988). Jackson led the SWAPO support group to the first democratic elections (1988) in Namibia.
Jacob was a Member of the Executive Council (MEC) in Mpumalanga for Public Roads and Transport.
He also served as chairman of the Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Education, Sport and Recreation, Arts and Culture and Environmental Affairs.
On 28th November 2017, he received criticisms from some of his colleagues at ANC. They said that he purposely colluded with the DA to schedule a debate on state capture in Parliament.
Jacob is married to Thembi Mthembu. He was married to the late Pinkie S. He is a father of two (2) daughters and four (4), sons
- Minister in the Presidency at National Executive (Executive) – 2019
- Member at National Assembly (Parliament) – 2019
- Member at African National Congress (ANC) Party
- 24th Candidate at African National Congress National Election List 2019 (Election List) April 2019 – May 2019.
- Chief Whip of the Majority Party at National Assembly (Parliament) March 2016 – May 2019.
- Member at National Assembly (Parliament) May 2014 – May 2019.
- Constituency Contact at ANC Constituency Office (803): Moses Mabhida Regional Office (Constituency Office) May 2014 – May 2019.
- Chairperson at Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs (National Assembly Committees) June 2014 – March 2016.
- Member-elect at National Assembly (Parliament) May 2014 – May 2014.
- 27th Candidate at African National Congress National Election List 2014 (Election List) from 22nd April 2014 until 7th May 2014.