Hon Dr Zweli Mkhize currently serves as the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), after his appointment into the portfolio on 26 February 2018. A devout servant of the people, Dr Mkhize has distinguished himself through diligent, meticulous, and hands-on approach to his work over many years in the various capacities he served. Since his appointment as Minister he has, working with various stakeholders, spared no effort in finding the underlying cause of the various challenges affecting the municipalities in the country, which include poor governance – involving financial and other resource management, as well as poor service delivery.
His passion for good governance and properly functioning and responsive government institutions has been borne out in the various positions that he held in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. These include MEC for Health from 1994 to 2004 and MEC for Finance and Economic Development and leader of Government Business in KwaZulu-Natal from 2004 and 2009, as well as Premier from 2009 to 2013, roles which he fulfilled efficiently. Prior to this current role as Cogta Minister, Dr Mkhize was elected Treasurer-General of the African National Congress at its 53rd National Conference in Mangaung in 2012, a position he held until the 54th ANC National Conference in December 2017.
Apart from these roles, Hon Minister Mkhize also served the country in various capacities, including as medical doctor at Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg and at Themba Hospital in Kabokweni, Mpumalanga. In the period 2004 to 2009, Hon Mkhize also served as Chairperson of the ANC’s National Education and Health subcommittee. Between 1991 and 1994, Mkhize served as a member of the ANC’s National Health Secretariat, a structure that was responsible for developing the country’s health policy. Hon Mkhize, also ANC NEC member, has demonstrated passion about action in service delivery and real change for the better in the lives of the people and is a pro-active leader who engages all parties on the ground to continually seek solutions to the challenges affecting the communities and this country.