Nov 29, 2021

Late Deputy Minister Mkhize To Be Honoured With State Funeral

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According to The Presidency, she will be honoured with an Official Funeral Category 2 at her home in Johannesburg.

FILE PHOTO: Former President Jacob Zuma and the late Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize at Union Buildings. PICTURE: GCIS

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JOHANNESBURG: Mkhize was serving as the NEC member of the ANC and the convener of NEC deployees to the Eastern Cape.

The late deputy minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities – professor Hlengiwe Mkhize – will be laid to rest on Saturday.

According to The Presidency, she will be honoured with an Official Funeral Category 2 at her home in Johannesburg.

Moreover, the national flag will be flown at half-mast at every flag station in the country. This will take place from Tuesday until the evening of the day of her funeral.

Ms Mkhize passed away last Thursday at the age of 69.

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When the African National Congress (ANC) confirmed her death, it noted that her demise was not due to Covid-19.

Briefing the media, ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe said: “We can confirm that her passing has nothing to do with Covid-19 so that there are no speculations. We must give the family the necessary space.”

Professor Mkhize was appointed as deputy minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities on 30 May 2019.

At the time of her passing, Professor Mkhize was serving as the National Executive Committee (NEC) member of the ANC and the convener of NEC deployees to the Eastern Cape.

She has also served as treasurer-general of the ANC Women’s League and member of the NEC of the Women’s League, among other positions.

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