The late Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, has been hailed for her servanthood and not using her positions within Government for personal gain.

Addressing mourners at her funeral at the Fourways Memorial Park in Johannesburg, the Andrew and June Mlangeni Foundation’s Malose Kekana said Mkhize was committed and understood the plight of poor families.

Mkhize was the Chairperson of the Foundation. She died last week at the age of 69.

Her family has confirmed that the late Deputy Minister had been diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017.

Kekana says Mkhize served with integrity.

“To my surprise and delight, Professor Mkhize dedicated extraordinary effort to the foundation and to Ntate Mlangeni despite her busy schedule. As a social worker, she understood the plight of these poor families. Indeed she was a grounded academic and an organic intellectual who could relate to these families and their practical daily challenges. What I came to appreciate about Sis Hlengiwe, she had no quest for personal accolades, she had no vested selfish interest for higher positions and accumulation of wealth using her positions. All she wanted was to serve her people earnestly and with integrity.”

Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize’s Official funeral service: