Zweli Mkhize biography, age, qualifications, wife, profile, ANC

Zweli Mkhize (born 2 February 1956 in Pietermaritzburg) is a South African legislator, and politician. He is also a doctor and occupies the position of the Minister of Health. He climbed to the position on 30 May 2019.

He has played a role against the current COVID-19 pandemic. From 2018-2019, he occupied the seat of the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

For four years, he served under the position of the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal (2009-2013).

He is a member of the current ruling party in the South Africa African National Congress (ANC).

He also held notable positions in the political party including as the Treasure-General (2012-2017).


Zweli Mkhize biography
NameZwelini Lawrence Mkhize
Other namesZweli Mkhize
Born2 February 1956 (age 65 years)
Willowfontein, Pietermaritzburg
NationalitySouth African
Alma materUniversity of Natal
ProfessionPolitician, doctor
SpouseMay Mashego
PositionMinister of Health


The political heavyweight was born on 2 February 1956 and his place of birth is in Willowfontein, Pietermaritzburg. He was born into a family of seven children of which he is the fifth.

Zwelini was exiled to Swaziland but eventually settled in Zimbabwe. In 1991, he came back to his country of birth, South Africa. After which he was employed at the Themba Hospital located in the former Eastern Transvaal.


For his medical degree, he attended the University of Natal. For his internship, he worked at the McCord Hospital. 

After he was employed at the Edendale Hospital, Pietermaritzburg in 1984 before he was forced into exile.


When he returned to the country, he began to serve the ANC as a member of its national health secretariat.

Following the election in 1994 was his appointment as the MEC for health for KZN.

Serving under the position for ten years earned him a space among the longest-serving health MEC.

He became appointed to serve as the MEC for Finance and Economic Development in KZN in 2004.

At the time he was the chairperson of the African National Congress’s National Education and Health subcommittee.

On 30 April 2009, he was selected to be the ANC flagbearer for Premier of KZN. He was later elected upon his victory over John Steenhuisen on May 6.

In 2008, after an election, he won to become the provincial chairperson of the ANC in KZN.

Following an election in 2012, he entered another term in office as chair.

In 2009 he became the chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Mkhize left the position in 2017 after serving for eight years.


He is a member of the political party – African National Congress (ANC). In December 2012, he became the Treasurer General of the party at its 53rd National Conference.

In August the following year, he stepped down as the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal.

In February 2018, Zwelini occupied the position of the minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. He took up the position from Des van Rooyen.


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