Breaking: Former Deputy Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize Dies at 69

Hlengiwe Mkhize Death – Minister of Higher Education and Training for South Africa, Hlengiwe Mkhize has passed away. Hlengiwe Mkhize died on 16 September 2021. However, details regarding her cause of death has not been released.

Hlengiwe Mkhize was appointed to the position by former President Jacob Zuma since 17 October 2017, after previously serving as Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services in the government of South Africa. In February 2018, she was sacked from cabinet by President Cyril Ramaphosa, she was part of the 13 cut out of the zuma cabinet.

Mkhize was a founding member, and trustee, of the Children and Violence Trust since 1995, had been a trustee of the Malibongwe Business Trust from 2005. She was a senior lecturer and researcher at Wits University from 1990 until 1995.

Mkhize was a board member of the South African Prisoner’s Organisation for Human Rights from 1994 to 1995; Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Commissioner and Chairperson of the Reparations and Rehabilitation committee from 1995 to 2003. Prior to her appointment, Mkhize was ambassador to the Netherlands, had a short stint as Deputy Minister for Correctional Services and thereafter, from 2014 to 2017, served as the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services.

Mkhize was appointed to the position in 2019. Prior to her appointment as deputy minister, Mkhize served as South Africa’s ambassador to the Netherlands from 2005 to 2008.

She was also the deputy minister of correctional services from May 2009 to June 2012, and the deputy minister of economic development from June 2012 until May 2014.

Mkhize served as the deputy minister of telecommunications and postal services from May 2014 to March 2017 and was the minister of home affairs from March 2017 to October the same year.

Mkhize was also the chairperson of the peace commission of the South African Women in Dialogue since 2004; the treasurer general of the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL), and had been a member of the National Executive Committee in the ruling party.

She was a founder member and a trustee of the Children and Violence Trust and had been a trustee of the Malibongwe Business Trust from 2005.

Her death follows the sudden demise of Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu who died of Covid-19 related complications earlier this year. He was 62-years-old. Mthembu was the face of the ANC for many years as its spokesperson and recently was the face of the government in the fight against the coronavirus.

Friends and Family paid tributes to her using Twitter and Facebook shortly after the news of her death broke.

Joe Maswangs Wrote;

I pay homage to one of South Africa’s foremost leaders. Former Minister Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize has made her mark on South Africa’s history. Her unwavering commitment to the liberation struggle provide for what we should aspire towards rebuilding our society. Rest in peace Mbokodo

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