This past Friday was marred by tragedy as the broadcasting industry lost radio and TV journalist Xolani Gwala to cancer. Later on in the evening Gauteng MEC of Social Development Thuliswa Nkabinde- Khawe passes away in hospital. Her cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Premier David Makhura released a media statement on Saturday morning announcing MEC Nkabinde-Khawe’s passing and describing the role she played in the Social Development department. “She was passionate about the issues affecting the poor, children, women, the elderly and people living with disabilities as the most vulnerable section of the population”, he said.
He elaborated on how Nkabinde-Khawe also took a stand against gender based violence and ensured that survivors were provided with the necessary support. “MEC Nkabinde-Khawe was a committed activist who traversed the different parts of the province organising communities as a leader of the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO)” Makhura added.
He concluded by sending his condolences to the MEC’s family and friends and described the void that had been left behind in the Social Development Department of Gauteng.