South Africa’s Deputy Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize dies at 69

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Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize, Member of the National Assembly of South Africa since 2009./Picture Courtesy: Social Media

South Africa’s Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Professor Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize has passed away at the age of 69, however, the cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa paid tribute to her on Twitter shortly after news of her death broke.

He wrote: “My condolences to her family and her Organisation, ANC. She rode to prominence when she was one of the TRC Commissioners. A very passionate individual about her work. RIP Sisi”.

Mkhize served as South Africa’s ambassador to the Netherlands from 2005 to 2008, prior to her appointment as deputy minister.

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.

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.

 

 

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