Former Eskom board chairperson and businessman Jabu Mabuza has died from Covid-19-related complications.
The news of his passing was announced on Wednesday.
He was 63.
According to the broadcasting television channel eNCA, Mabuza was hospitalised about two weeks ago after he and his wife were medically evacuated from the Maldives.
Tributes are pouring in for former Eskom board chairman and businessman, Jabu Mabuza. He passed away last night at the age of 63, due to COVID-19 complications. Mabuza was hospitalised about two weeks ago after he and his wife were medically evacuated from the Maldives. #DStv403 pic.twitter.com/PXni0fJ9Mj
— eNCA (@eNCA) June 17, 2021
“It is with deep sadness and sorrow to inform you of the passing of our beloved husband and father Dr Jabu Mabuza, his family said in a statement.
“He was a gallant fighter for the political and economic freedom of South Africans. On this day in 1976, he had joined thousands of black youths who demanded the end of Bantu education. He was later expelled for participating in that seminal protest that exposed the brutality of the apartheid regime and propelled the struggle for liberation,” the family said in a statement.
Mabuza served on several national and international companies’ boards in various industries.
“At 63, Jabu lived his life so beautifully and committed to the transformation of South Africa’s economy.
“He was a pillar of strength for his family, a dedicated servant of the country, an activist in empowering black entrepreneurs and committed to work for the transformation of corporate SA.
“We request the public afford the family privacy and space as we process the passing of our father. Further details will be communicated,” said the family.
Mabuza had a long career in business, starting as a taxi owner in the 1980s. In recent years he served as Eskom Acting CEO and Chairperson, group CEO of Tsogo Sun and chair of the Telkom board, EWN reported.
He is survived by his wife, Siviwe and three children.
Tributes are pouring in on social media.
— Klass Sereane Must Rise ✊🏾 (@ntobengnkadimen) June 17, 2021
Former Eskom chair Jabu Mabuza has died Condolences to his family & may his soul Rest in Peace 🕊 pic.twitter.com/M5my85OMwG
— Kenny (@KennethBogopane) June 17, 2021
Esteemed South African businessman Mr Jabu Mabuza has passed away. He started as a taxi owner in the 1980s. In recent years he served as Eskom Acting CEO and Chairperson, Group CEO of Tsogo Sun and chair of the Telkom board. Sending love to his family 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/eTI47ee8Fu
— Shane Mooi (@shanemooi) June 16, 2021
Former Eskom chair Jabu Mabuza has died – my condolences to his family . We will miss you mfana in the fairways . You were a good person . It was always a joy to have you around . May your soul Rest In Peace . https://t.co/xCUBhRfQSO
— Bantu Holomisa (@BantuHolomisa) June 17, 2021
#RIP Jabu Mabuza,the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from EY in their World Entrepreneur Awards, and has presented papers in SADC, UK, the US and Europe on BEE investment in South Africa, small and medium enterprise development, and the role of business in transition. pic.twitter.com/FaJBv5C4vI
— Matone Ditlhake (@Matone_Ditlhake) June 16, 2021