Hlengiwe Mkhize

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Mkhize has held var­i­ous deputy Cabi­net po­si­tions since re­turn­ing from the Nether­lands, where she was am­bas­sador for South Africa from 2005 to 2008.

The for­mer ANC Women’s League trea­surer has been an MP since 2009 and is con­sid­ered a cham­pion for so­cial jus­tice, and women and chil­dren’s rights.

The 65-year-old has held some cru­cial po­si­tions in her aca­demic, pro­fes­sional and po­lit­i­cal life, in­clud­ing be­ing com­mis­sioner of the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion, vice-pres­i­dent of mem­ber states of the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court at The Hague and the UN, and chair of Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional SA.

She was elected into the ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee dur­ing the party’s 2007 con­fer­ence in Polok­wane.

She was the deputy min­is­ter of cor­rec­tional ser­vices from May 2009 to June 2010, when she took over as deputy min­is­ter of higher ed­u­ca­tion un­til 2012. She then be­came deputy min­is­ter of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, a po­si­tion she held un­til she was moved to be­come deputy min­is­ter of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and postal ser­vices.

The for­mer se­nior lec­turer and re­searcher at Wits is seen as a some­one who is loyal to Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

She is cur­rently the con­vener of the Pro­gres­sive Women’s Move­ment of SA, and chairs the peace com­mis­sion of SA Women in Di­a­logue.

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