Hlengiwe Mkhize (Prof.)
Deputy Minister, Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Republic of South Africa
Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize is the Deputy Minister of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services and, during the previous administration, she served as the Deputy Minister of Correctional Services, the Deputy Minister of Economic Development Department and the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training.
Prof Mkhize is the former Ambassador of South Africa to the Netherlands and the former Commissioner of The Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She was also the former Treasurer General of the ANCWL and has served as a secretary, treasurer and chair at a branch level and the Zonal Chairperson in the Randburg-Diepsloot areas. She was part of the team which ran workshops on the Integration of the Returning Political Exiles.
A Convener of the Progressive Women Movement of South Africa (PWMSA), Prof Mkhize is the Honorary Professor of Psychology at the University of South Africa. As an academic she pursued the transformation agenda of institutions of higher learning and especially the inclusion of young women in faculties of Science, Medicine and Engineering. She has participated in numerous international conferences with a special focus on peace, social justice, anti-racism, human rights, Equity and inclusion.
She is the founder Member of the National Children and Violence Trust, a child’s rights organization.
As a student at Morris Isaacson High School, she got involved in student politics and continued at the University of Zululand where she chaired the SCM and often represented the students during Intervarsity Sessions. During the apartheid years Hlengiwe Mkhize worked tirelessly within Universities locally and overseas as a young person, for the release of Tata Nelson Mandela. She also worked with women and children’s rights within the Detainees Support Movement of the United Democratic Front (UDF).