New Minister of Home Affairs

Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize has served as an MP since 2009. Briefly deputy minister for correctional services and more recently deputy minister of telecommunications and postal services.

She previously served as ambassador to the Netherlands. She is a founding member and trustee of the Children and Violence Trust.

She has a BA degree in psychology, social work and sociology (University of Zululand); BA Honours (psychology) and a master’s in clinical psychology from the University of Natal. She was a senior lecturer and researcher at Wits from 1990 until 1995.

Mkhize was a board member of the SA Prisoners Organisation for Human Rights from 1994 to 1995; a Truth and Reconciliation Commission commissioner, and chairperson of the reparations and rehabilitation committee from 1995 to 2003.

She has strong links with the embattled University of Zululand and has been chairwoman of the university’s council since 2005. She is on the executive of the ANC Women’s League.

Mkhize replaces former Home Affairs Minister Gigaba.

File photo: Oupa Mokoena