The deputy minister of mineral resources, Bavelile Hlongwa has died in a car accident.
The ANC in Gauteng said on Twitter that she was killed in a major accident on the N1 highway in the province on Friday evening.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Deputy Minister Hlongwa, as well as the stakeholders in business, labour and community with whom she engaged in the mining sector.
The President has also expressed his condolences to the families of the four people who died with the Deputy Minister on the scene while attempting to assist the passengers involved in another incident.
“The death of Deputy Minister Hlongwa is a devastating, untimely loss of a talented young leader who, alongside Minister Gwede Mantashe, was playing an important and dynamic role in an important sector of our economy,” said President Ramaphosa.
Ms Hlongwa was appointed as Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy with effect from 30 May 2019. Prior to her appointment, she served as Executive Deputy Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency.
She studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Howard College where she obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering.