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- Former Free State MEC Mxolisi Dukwana has been sworn in as a member of the Free State legislature.
- His swearing-in comes 9 years after he was dismissed from then-premier Ace Magashule’s cupboard.
- Sources near the matter have advised News24 that Dukwana is in line for an MEC place.
Nine years after he was unceremoniously dismissed from then-premier Ace Magashule’s cupboard, former Free State MEC Mxolisi Dukwana has been elected again into the Free State provincial legislature.
The Free State authorities’s head of communications, Setjhaba Maphalla, confirmed that Dukwana was sworn in as a member of the provincial legislature this week. Maphalla requested that additional questions be directed to legislature spokesperson, Life Mokone, who confirmed that Dukwana was sworn in at 17:00 on Tuesday.
Dukwana was not out there for remark.
Sources near the matter advised News24 that Dukwana was sworn in on Tuesday at an occasion on the provincial legislature constructing in Bloemfontein.
“The event was overseen by speaker of the legislature, Ntombizanele Sifuba, who welcomed Dukwana back into the legislature, saying he had a wealth of knowledge needed to fulfil the provincial government’s oversight work.”
A former provincial ANC treasurer, Dukwana was a part of Magashule’s interior circle till their relationship soured and he was fired from Magashule’s cupboard in 2012.
During his testimony earlier than the State Capture Inquiry in 2019, Dukwana mentioned Magashule fired him as a result of he turned down makes an attempt by the previous premier to “reel him into his dodgy dealings with the Gupta family”.
He alleged that Rajesh Gupta provided him R2 million a month to assist the Guptas get a multibillion-rand building tender and claimed that Magashule admitted receiving month-to-month funds from the Guptas to assist additional the household’s enterprise pursuits. But Magashule countered that the previous MEC was nonetheless being bitter about being dismissed.
At the time of his dismissal, it was rumoured that Dukwana would succeed Magashule.
‘Political chess recreation’
Sources who’ve intimate data in regards to the Free State political panorama advised News24 that Dukwana’s swearing-in was “the first move in an ongoing political chess game”.
One supply mentioned:
Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela wants allies within the province, having fallen out with Magashule and [has] now gone on the offensive by eliminating a few of the former premier’s allies. Dukwana could quickly be appointed in an MEC position.
Days in the past, Ntombela suspended one in all Magashule’s allies, Sam Mashinini, because the MEC of Police, Roads and Transport, pending an investigation into the shortage of progress on the development of roads, together with roads from Reitz to Tweeling, Cornelia to Villers, and Orangeville to Deneysville.
“The office of the premier has appointed consultants to do an investigation into the issue of lack of progress with the work on five roads. In order to facilitate the progress with and the integrity of this investigation, I deem it appropriate that it should take place in an environment which is devoid of any pressure from any side,” Ntombela mentioned in a letter to Mashinini, which News24 has seen.
Dukwana isn’t unfamiliar to the legislature, having beforehand served because the speaker and later because the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.
Earlier this yr, President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ANC’s prime management appointed Dukwana because the Free State’s interim provincial convener – simply days after Magashule was suspended as ANC secretary-general.
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