Ramaphosa bids farewell to ‘dedicated, hard-working’ Hlengiwe Mkhize

President Cyril Ramaphosa paid a moving tribute on Saturday to the late deputy minister in the presidency Hlengiwe Mkhize, saying she was a “fine public servant who served her country with diligence”.

2021-09-25 06:05:00 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa paid a moving tribute on Saturday to the late deputy minister in the presidency Hlengiwe Mkhize, saying she was a “fine public servant who served her country with diligence”.

President Cyril Ramaphosa paid a moving tribute on Saturday to the late deputy minister in the presidency Hlengiwe Mkhize, saying she was a “fine public servant who served her country with diligence”.

“In June this year, she was again admitted into hospital after a collapsed lung. However, a day or two after being discharged, she was once again on the streets of Soweto cleaning up after the unrest.“Mom’s last call of duty [was when] she flew out to Cape Town post-chemo to go and cast her vote for the next speaker of parliament. That was my mother: brave, dedicated and selfless. She embodied the spirit of being imbokodo. You fought ma, you fought with dignity and grace.

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“Goodbye ma. I will miss our conversations, our travels around the world, our shopping sprees and everything in between. We were so close, and at some point I was called your chief of staff.”Former president Thabo Mbeki’s wife, Zanele, described Mkhize as “tough but warm, passionate but measured in tone, and a woman who was comfortable in her own skin and with an infectious laugh”.

In her tribute, read by Nomvula Mokonyane, Mbeki said, “She was an elegant and orderly comrade yet able to go off script, meaning that she had the rare quality to be able to connect immediately with whoever she was talking to. She was tough but warm, loyal but ever questioning, serious-minded, passionate but measured in tone.”   headtopics.com

Paying tribute to Mkhize on behalf of the Buthelezi clan, Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi said the country was living in uncertain times which brought great loss.“Every day brings news of another friend, another acquaintance, another colleague stepping into eternity prematurely, so we are living in perpetual anxiety.”

Buthelezi said Mkhize grew up in his area. “She was someone who was prepared, at all costs, to secure social justice for the vulnerable and the voiceless, and selfless in her leadership. I wish to tell her daughter that she has inherited a legacy to be proud of.”

The Rev Frank Chikane said in his last one-on-one interaction with Mkhize she was “agonising about the trajectory our movement was taking and about what we needed to do to change it”. Read more: Times LIVE »

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