Bavelile Hlongwa
Bavelile Hlongwa. Image EWN

The deputy minister of mineral resources Bavelile Hlongwa has died in a car accident on Friday.

This was confirmed in a brief statement sent on Saturday morning.

Hlongwa, who held a degree in chemical engineering from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, was appointed deputy minister in May 2019.

The 38-year-old had previously served as the deputy chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency in 2017.

It’s understood the crash occurred on Friday. However, details are still sketchy.