President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent condolences to the family of the late Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities,"Professor Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize. She passed away on Thursday morning aged 69.
Ramaphosa extended his condolences to the family, friends, colleagues, comrades and associates of the late Deputy Minister across the country and internationally.
Mkhize was appointed to The Presidency in May 2019. The President said Mkhize’s passing constitutes a national loss.
“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," said Ramaphosa.
He added that Mkhize set a profound example for pursuing multifaceted paths.
“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 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,” said the president.
He said Mkhize played a critical role in the progressive liberation movement, having served as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Commissioner and Chairperson of the Reparations and Rehabilitation Committee from 1995 to 2003. At the University of Natal she worked with the detainees and did trauma counselling for political survivors.
ANC Parliamentary Caucus said the country lost a formidable leader in Mkhize.
Before her appointment to The Presidency, she 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. The former minister was also the Treasurer-General of the ANC Women’s League and also South Africa's former Ambassador to the Netherlands.