What a sad time this is for the governing party. The ANC has been burying top officials almost every weekend. On Friday, newly elected Johannesburg mayor, Jolidee Matongo was laid to rest and today it is Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize. She died last week at the age of 69. President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy at her funeral.
Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize has been accorded an official provincial funeral category 2. As a sign of honor, flags were flown at half-mast at flag stations across the country. Mkhize has served the Nation well and made a valuable contribution in her capacity as Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities. She worked until her last days and she deserves the beautiful send off.
A guard of honor by the women in blue was staged as Mkhize's remains were brought into the hall, followed by some mesmerizing tunes by the national brass band. A befitting honour the ANC can confer on the late Hlengiwe Mkhize is to ensure that the most vulnerable in society are taken care of.
Among other speakers and dignitaries attending the funeral are Reverend Frank Chikane and Mangosuthu Buthelezi. They both spoke highly of Mkhize, praising her for her dedication to serving the country.
Rest in peace Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize, Rest in perfect and eternal peace. May God grant your family, colleagues, friends and those who are in pain peace and comfort in this difficult time.
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