Zweli Mkhize Biography: Age, Wife, Family, Qualifications, Education, Daughter, House, Weight Loss & Siblings

Basic Information

Stage Name: Zweli Mkhize
Real Name: Zwelini Lawrence Mkhize
Occupation: Doctor, Legislator, Politician
Date Of Birth/Age: 2nd February 1956 (66 Years Old
Place of Birth: Willowfontein, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Gender: Male
Nationality: South African
Marital Status: May Mashego (Wife)
Education: University of Natal (M.B)


Zwelini Lawrence Mkhize, popularly known as Zweli Mkhize, is a South African doctor, legislator and politician. He served as the country’s minister of Health from May 2019 until he resigned on Thursday, August 5th, 2021. Executing his role as Minister of health, Mkhize was led South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. From 2018 to 2019, Mkhize served as the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. He served as the fifth premier of KwaZulu-Natal from 2009 to 2013. Mkhize is a known member of the African National Congress (ANC). He was the party’s treasurer-general from 2012 to 2017.

Zweli Mkhize has recorded so much success in his medical and political professions. It is evident that his medical profession helped push his political ambitions. He is credited to have worked under the rule of different South African presidents. Alongside many others, Zweli Mkhize helped draft the country’s health policy in 1991. He became the first MEC for Health to serve for 10 consecutive years.



Zweli Mkhize was born on February 2nd, 1956. He celebrated his 66th birthday in February 2022.


Zweli Mkhize is a very popular man but he has managed to keep his private life away from the public eye. He is happily married to Dr May Mashego. May Mashego Mkhize holds a qualification in Medicine and Surgery. She is a trustee of the famous Batho Batho Trust. The couple is a founder of the ” Ikusasa LeAfrika” foundation, an NPO which aims to improve the lives of ordinary South Africans. They are both christians who always shared the word of God anytime they can.

Zweli and May Mashego Mkhize


Zweli and May Mashego Mkhize are blessed with two children, a daughter and a son. Mkhize’s daughter is named Nokulinda Horwood while his son is called Dedani Mkhize. They are known to be a closely knit christian family.


Zweli Mkhize is a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree holder from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.


Zweli Mkhize attended Dlangezwa High School. After he matriculated rom Dlangezwa, he proceeded to the University of Natal to pursue an MBCHB degree in 1982.


Zweli Mkhize’s daughter Nokulinda Horwood is married to Tim Horwood. The couple got married in 2013. Nokulinda and Tim are blessed with four children. Nokulinda is known for her sold-out talks, Gogo Speaks. She often speaks of topics involving family, spiritual wellbeing, anxiety, and so on.

Zweli Mkhize and his children

Nokulinda is credited to have fostered the reconciliation between her father Zweli and her brother Dedani Mkhize when they were at odds due to a political issue. She said, “I’m glad that Dedani did the right thing by paying back all the money in question to the SIU and allowing the law to run its cause. When all is said and done family comes first and politics last. We are bound by blood and we owe it to ourselves to be our own peacemakers no matter what.”


Zweli Mkhize is a very private man who does not share details of his family with the public. He has never shared photos of his him with the public.

Weight Loss

When Zweli Mkhize debuted a new look, it sparked opinions on social media. Many wondered if the doctor and politician was having health issues. Some stated that he could be stressed or overworked (because he kept clearing his throat during a press conference for COVID-19).


Zweli Mkhize is the fifth child in a family of seven children. There have been assumptions by the public that Zweli is related to Morven Mkhize, Juju Mkize, Hlengiwe Mkhize husband Themba Mkhize, and Sthembiso Mkhize because of their surnames. But this is false, the only thing that links them is their similar surnames. They are not family.

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