Deputy Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize has died aged 69.
She was Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and People with Disabilities.
In a statement, the department says it is shocked to have learned about her passing.
Anti-apartheid activist Professor Saths Cooper has described Mkhize as a thoughtful and compassionate person.
“I think most of us have been severely shocked by this untimely passing. Just ten days ago, we marked her 69th birthday. Hlengiwe was not merely a political personality, but she was a wonderfully thoughtful and compassionate person.”
“She was always concerned about the role of children and what we are doing in terms of changing the dented psyche of our troubled nation,” adds Cooper.