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Family ‘politics’: Did MaMkhize just call Dr Zweli Mkhize ‘father’?!

Royal AM owner and businesswoman Shauwn “MaMkhize” Mkhize just revealed that she settled the family feud between her “father”, former Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize and his son Dedani Mkhize via an Instagram post today (19 May).


MaMkhize took to Instagram to share that she took it upon herself as the “big sister” to unite her “father” Dr Zweli Mkhize and his son Dedani Mkhize ahead of the family’s festivities. Take a look…

“As a big sister I took it upon myself to come and play my role to unite the family ahead of this weekends festivities. It broke my heart to see my dear father Dr Zweli Mkhize and my little brother Dedani at odds with each other, but today we have defied the odds and proved that blood really is thicker than water🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾,” she wrote.

Dr Zweli stepped down as the health minister in August 2021 over the “digital vibes” scandal. According to Daily Maverick, Dedani received R3.4-million in cash payments from recipients of some of the proceeds from the contract, according to the Special Investigation Units (SIU)’s filings. MaMkhize claims that Dedani paid back all the money in question to the SIU.

“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.❤️❤️❤️,” she continued.

It appears there may be a marriage in the family as MaMkhize mentioned that she cannot wait to welcome her new sister in another post.

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MaMkhize calling Dr Zweli her “father” may comes as a shock to many. So, is he really her father? No, the Royal AM owner’s parents Sipho and Florence Mkhize passed away. 

Her mother Florence was an an ANC councillor in eThekwini and passed away in 2008. Sipho, her father was killed by a policeman in 1991. However, the former health minister may be related to MaMkhize as they share the same surname. 

Dr Zweli has two children – Dedani and a daughter named Nokulinda Horwood. 

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