Thuliswa Nkabinde-Khawe

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Thuliswa Nkabinde-Khawe

Gauteng MEC for Social Development
In office
30 May 2019 1 November 2019
Premier David Makhura
Preceded byNandi Mayathula-Khoza
Succeeded by Panyaza Lesufi (acting)
Member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature
In office
6 May 2009 1 November 2019
Personal details
Thuliswa Winlove Nkabinde

4 January 1973
Transvaal, South Africa
Died1 November 2019(2019-11-01) (aged 46)
Mulbarton Hospital, Alberton, Gauteng, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Political party African National Congress
Spouse(s)Jacob Khawe
Occupation Member of the Provincial Legislature

Thuliswa Winlove Nkabinde-Khawe (4 January 1973 – 1 November 2019) was a South African politician and a party member of the African National Congress (ANC). She was elected a Member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in May 2009 and was a long-serving member of the Social Development committee in the legislature, prior to her appointment as Gauteng MEC (Member of the Executive Council) for Social Development in May 2019. [1] She was an MEC until her death just over five months later.

African National Congress Political party in South Africa

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Gauteng Provincial Legislature legislature of Gauteng Province

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Early life and career

Nkabinde-Khawe was born on 4 January 1973 in the now-dissolved Transvaal Province. [2] [3] She became involved in politics at a young age, joining ACTSTOP, a civic organisation, in the 1980s where she held multiple leadership positions. She was part of the formation of the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) and was a senior leader in the structure. She was SANCO's provincial secretary at the time of her death. [4] [5]

She took office as a Member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in May 2009 and became a member of numerous committees including the Standing Committee of Public Accounts (SCOPA), Public Transport and Social Development. She was designated as the head of the Public Transport Committee in August 2012. [6] She was the head of the Social Development Committee for the fifth provincial legislature from 2014 to 2019. [5] [7]

In May 2019, Nkabinde-Khawe was named MEC for Social Development by Premier David Makhura. [8] [9] She succeeded Nandi Mayathula-Khoza and took office as an MEC on 30 May 2019. [10] She held the post for just over five months. [5]

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Nkabinde-Khawe died on 1 November 2019 in the Mulbarton Hospital in Alberton, Gauteng. [11] She died following a short illness. [12] The Gauteng ANC said that her passing "will leave void in social development sector". The opposition Democratic Alliance also sent their condolences to the family. [12] [13] She is survived by her husband, Jacob Khawe, a senior ANC politician in the province, and their six children. [4] Panyaza Lesufi was named her acting successor. Nkabinde-Khawe received a category 1 provincial funeral that was held on 8 November 2019. She was buried at the Meyerton Cemetery in Meyerton. [14]

Alberton, Gauteng Place in Gauteng, South Africa

Alberton is a city situated on the southern part of the East Rand of the Gauteng Province in South Africa. It was incorporated into the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality in the year 2000 and celebrated its centenary year in 2005. According to the 2011 census conducted by Statistics South Africa, it has a population of 121,536; but this figure excludes the black township of Thokoza, which has a population of 105,827. Alberton is described as a typical bedroom community, one which is primarily residential in character, with most of its workers commuting to work in nearby suburbs or cities. The town has multiple access roads to all major freeways in Gauteng and is situated on the banks of the Natal Spruit close to the major urban centres of Johannesburg, which lies 15 km (9 mi) to the northwest - and Pretoria - which is 76 km (47 mi) to the north. Alberton has an elevation of approximately 1,570 m (5,150 ft) above sea level.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nandi Mayathula-Khoza
Gauteng MEC for Social Development
30 May 2019 – 1 November 2019
Succeeded by
Panyaza Lesufi (acting)