Hlengiwe Mkhize Biography – Hlengiwe Mkhize Wiki
Hlengiwe Mkhize was a South African politician and a member of the African National Congress (ANC). She was the Deputy Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities from May 2019 until her death in September 2021. Prior to her appointment to The Presidency, Mkhize served as Deputy Minister of Correctional Services, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Higher Education and Training. She was also the Ambassador of South Africa to the Netherlands from 2005 to 2008.
Mkhize was first elected to the National Assembly in 2009 as a member of the ANC and served as Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services between 26 May 2014 and 31 March 2017, having been appointed to the executive by former president Jacob Zuma.
From 31 March 2017 to 17 October 2017, Mkhize was home affairs minister. She was later moved to the position of Higher Education and Training between 17 October 2017 and 26 February 2018, and in February 2018 was removed from Cabinet by President Cyril Ramaphosa. She was later appointed as Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth, and Persons with Disabilities on 30 May 2019.
She held a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Social Work and Sociology from the University of Zululand; Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology, and a Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Hlengiwe Mkhize Age
Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize was born on 6 September 1952 and died on 16 September 2021. She was 69 years old.
Hlengiwe Mkhize Husband
Hlengiwe Mkhize was married to her husband Pat Mkhize.
Hlengiwe Mkhize Children
Hlengiwe Mkhize and her husband Pat Mkhize had four children; three daughters and a son.
Hlengiwe Mkhize Family
She is survived by her husband Pat Mkhize, three daughters, a son, and a grandson.
Hlengiwe Mkhize Death
Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize passed away on Thursday, 16 September 2021, at the age of 69, her family confirmed in a statement. The family said in a media statement: “It is with heavy hearts that the Mkhize family confirms the passing of our wife, mother and grandmother, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize this morning at Wits University Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg.
The family added that “Mkhize was diagnosed with lung cancer in March 2017, and bravely managed the illness throughout” until “she was admitted to hospital on the 31 August 2021 and lost her battle this morning.” They also thanked medical staff that had been attending to her before her passing.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement: “Prof Mkhize’s legacy is indelible across so many dimensions and sectors of our national life. She distinguished herself as a tireless and passionate anti-apartheid and human rights activist, and campaigner for an end to gender inequality. She availed herself for service at the international level, including her representation of Transparency International South Africa in global institutions.
“Prof Mkhize played a crucial role in conflict resolution during our transition to democracy. We owe Prof Mkhize our gratitude and deep respect for the commitment she displayed as a Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Chairperson of the Reparations and Rehabilitation Committee, and trustee of the National Peace Accord Trust. She set a profound example for all of us by immersing herself in building a better South Africa while pursuing a multifaceted path as an academic, from the universities of Zululand, Natal and South Africa, to Mississippi and Illinois in the United States.
“She applied her extraordinary personal achievements to the upliftment of traumatised children, to asserting the equality of oppressed women, to upholding the human rights of victimised and persecuted people around the world, and ensuring the doors of learning would open wide to new generations of South Africans. She played her part unselfishly and with great love for humanity. Our task is to keep her legacy intact and build on it. May her soul rest in peace”.
Hlengiwe Mkhize Cause of Death
Hlengiwe Mkhize’s cause of death was lung cancer.