The Gauteng MEC of Social Development, Thuliswa Nkabinde-Khawe, has died. Gauteng Premier David Makhura confirmed on Saturday that Nkabinde-Khawe died in hospital on Friday evening."I appointed MEC Nkabinde-Khawe as part of team Gauteng, to be the political head of the Social Development portfolio," he said in a statement.Nkabinde-Khawe "was passionate about the issues affecting the poor, children, women, the elderly and people living with disability as the most vulnerable section of the population", said Makhura.He described Nkabinde-Khawe as being at the forefront of fighting gender-based violence."I would like to send my heartfelt condolences to the family, comrades and friends of MEC Nkabinde-Khawe. MEC Nkabinde-Khawe will be dearly missed by all of us in the Executive Council as we work to grow Gauteng together."Nkabinde-Khawe had been a member of Gauteng Provincial Legislature since 2009. The ANC in Gauteng has expressed “shock and sadness” at Nkabinde-Khawe’s death.“It was her passion for community service that saw her taking up the cause of the downtrodden through her involvement in various formations,” said ANC spokesperson Bones Modise.Nkabinde-Khawe was also the Provincial Secretary of the South African National Civic Organization (SANCO) in Gauteng.