BIRTH NAME: Zwelini Lawrence Mkhize
DATE OF BIRTH: 2 February 1956
PLACE OF BIRTH: Willowfontein (Pietermaritzburg), KwaZulu-Natal
OCCUPATION: Medical Doctor, Politician and Legislator
WIFE: Dr May Mashego
CHILDREN: Nokulinda Horwood (nee Mkhize), Naledi Mkhize and Dedani Mkhize
Zwelini Lawrence Mkhize best known as Dr Zweli Mkhize is the Minister of Cooperative Governance and and Traditional Affairs of the Republic of South Africa; a position he held since 27 February 2018.
Early Life, Background And Childhood
Zwelini Lawrence Mkhize was born on the 2nd February 1956 in Willowfontein near Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. He is the fifth child in a family of seven. His paternal great-grandfather was one of the great heroes of the Mkhize clan of Nkandla in the early to mid 19th century.
Dr Zweli Mkhize is married to Dr May Mkhize (nee Mashego). He has three children Nokulinda Horwood, Naledi Mkhize and Dedani Mkhize.
At the age of 26, Zweli Mkhize had completed his degree in medicine at the University of Natal.
By 1983 his internship at the McCord Hospital was completed; this was important since McCord was often reprimanded for disobeying the Group Areas Act. Mkhize ended up gaining employment at Edendale Hospital in his hometown of Pietermaritzburg in the following year. He was forced into exile in Swaziland, eventually settling in Zimbabwe. He returned to South Africa in 1991, where he worked at Themba Hospital in the then Eastern Transvaal.
Upon his return to South Africa in 1991, Mkhize began serving the African National Congress as a member of its national health secretariat- the structure that was tasked with the responsibility of developing the country’s health policy. At the start of the democratic dispensation, Mkhize was appointed as the MEC for health in 1994- a position he held for a decade. He was the longest serving provincial health MEC in the country.
In 2004, he was appointed the MEC for Finance and Economic Development in KwaZulu Natal. At the same time he was also the chairperson of the ANC’s National Education and Health subcommittee.
He was designated on 30 April 2009 as the ANC candidate for Premier of KwaZulu-Natal and was elected to that position by the provincial legislature on 6 May.
He was elected ANC chairperson in KwaZulu Natal in 2008 and was reelected in 2012.
He served as the chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal since 2009 until 2017.