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Deputy minerals minister Bavelile Hlongwa dies

The department of mineral resources has confirmed Hlongwa died in a car accident on Friday.

Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Bavelile Hlongwa. Picture: Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – The deputy minister of mineral resources Bavelile Hlongwa has died in a car accident on Friday.

It's understood the deputy minister was travelling from Limpopo on Friday night when her protection team stopped to assist an earlier accident.

A truck subsequently crashed into the minister's vehicle and killed two others on the N1 at Maubane Bridge Hammanskraal.

Several people were also injured.

Hlongwa, who held a degree in chemical engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, was appointed deputy minister by President Cyril Ramaphosa in May 2019.

The President has sent condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of deputy mineral resources minister.

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille has described Hlongwa's passing as a tragedy.

“Indeed a very very sad week for South Africa. She was a very outspoken lady, she represented the young people in cabinet. She was a voice. [With] everything she looked through the needle of what is there for the young people.”

De Lille fondly remembers the 38-year-old and the role played she played in politics.

“We are indeed sad to have lost her. I do know that with my other colleagues, we all will miss her dearly because she was so bubbly and so well-spoken and a real fighter.”