The ANC has confirmed the untimely passing of Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, who was the Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities.
On Thursday, 16 September 2021, the African national Congress (ANC) issued a statement confirming the passing of the Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities and ANC National Executive Member, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize. The ruling party announced that it had learnt with shock and sadness of the passing of Professor Mkhize, having lost what it described as a selfless patriot, a well-rounded cadre, and an experienced global citizen with immense experience in civil society struggles.
The movement further described Professor Mkhize as being a passionate defender of human rights, with a commitment to improving the quality of the lives of women, children and people living with disabilities. The ANC also noted that the caucus had lost a formidable leader who served with courage, dignity and respect. The ANC further extended its condolences to her loved ones.
See the posts below.
@MyANC mourns the passing of Deputy Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities and ANC National Executive Member, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize. #RIPHlengiweMkhize pic.twitter.com/8O02WE2trc
— African National Congress (@MYANC) September 16, 2021
For Immediate Release
16 September 2021
ANC MOURNS PASSING OF ANC MP PROF HLENGIWE MKHIZE pic.twitter.com/O3tOphWYo8
— ANC Parliament (@ANCParliament) September 16, 2021
What were Professor Mkhize’s contributions to Parliament?
Having become a Member of Parliament in 2009 and appointed as Deputy Minister of Correctional Services, Professor Mkhize also served in the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education and the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation. Mkhize also chaired the Committee on Communications.
What organisations did Mkhize serve on before joining Parliament?
Mkhize was the Ambassador for South Africa, based in Netherlands from 2005 to 2009. She served as the Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner and chaired the Reparations and Rehabilitation Committee from 1995 to 2003. Mkhize also served in the June and Andrew Mlangeni Foundation.
What did Professor Mkhize’s career in the NEC look like?
Mkhize was the Minister of Education from 2017 to 2018, Minister of Home Affairs at the National Executive from March 2017 to October 2017, as well as Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services from 2015 to March 2017, amongst others.