SOUTH AFRICA, JOHANNESBURG – IHealth Minister Zweli Mkhize told eNCA that the doctor had cancelled everything and made himself available to attend to Mthembu.
“He came together to do everything he could to support Minister Mthembu. Unfortunately, as he was flying out, a fatal accident happened. We wish to convey our sincere condolences to the families of those doctors and pilots.”
Kgopotso Mononyan was an anaesthetist. Curnick Siyabonga Mahlangu was a cardiothoracic surgeon, Mpho Xaba was a specialist theatre nurse for cardiothoracic and transplant, and were from Netcare Milpark Hospital along with Monoyane.
Sinjin Joshua Farrance, who also passed in the accident, was an advanced life support paramedic at Netcare 911, as well as helicopter pilot Mark Stroxreiter who worked for the National Airways Corporation.
The chopper went down near Bergville on Thursday, killing four healthcare workers and the pilot.
The Netcare Group extended its condolences to the families of those who died in the tragedy.
Minister Mthembu also died on Thursday at the age of 62, after contracting COVID-19.
He was at the forefront of communicating government messages aimed at combating the virus.
His passing leaves President Cyril Ramaphosa without a key member of his Cabinet as well as a staunch ally, who devoted his efforts to healing rifts in ANC and restoring public confidence in the party he served from his days as a young activist.