It is with great sadness that the National Children and Violence Trust (NCVT) pay tribute to our founder and chairperson Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, who passed on 16 September 2021 at the age of 69 after a long, hard – fought battle against ill health.
Persons with Disabilities touched the lives of so many vulnerable women globally through her life-long dedication to humanitarian work.
The NCVT community has lost a great soul; Prof Mkhize will be sorely missed by each person she touched. A dynamic, strong and hard-working leader, Prof Mkhize worked tirelessly for human rights and gender equality, as well as to provide services to the people until her last days.
“We must add value in all we do,” was one of her favourite sayings. We have heard her: it is now up to us to build on the legacy she has left behind, upholding the values she held dear. Launched in 1995, the NCVT works to reduce the effects of violence and trauma on children, women and families and makes sure they are educated about their rights. It does this through advocacy, running workshops and campaigns, and by providing trauma management and counselling.
The NCVT operates in most of the impoverished informal settlements around Gauteng, including Diepsloot, Roodepoort, Florida, Honeydew, Zandspruit, Cosmos City, Douglasdale, Ivory Park and Rabie Ridge where there are high levels of gender-based violence.
All involved in the NCVT will miss Prof Mkhize dearly and we send our sincere condolences to her family.
May she rest in peace.