Former MEC’s claims dismissed
The ANC has lambasted former Free State economic development MEC Mxolisi Dukwana as a bitter man seeking revenge for being cast out of the comforts of power and authority.
This follows Dukwana’s much-publicised testimony this week before the Zondo Commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture currently underway in Johannesburg, Gauteng.
Dukwana made startling claims against former Free State premier Ace Magashule of financial impropriety, labelling him a ‘blesser’.
The former MEC alleged Magashule used monies sourced through an apparently dubious tender to audit homes with asbestos in the province to fund students studying at universities in the country and abroad.
A known arch-critic of Magashule, Dukwana told the Commission that had law enforcement agencies probing the Estina Diary Vrede project done their work, Magashule should not be serving as ANC secretary general, but languishing in jail.
The ANC Youth League in the Free State chastised Dukwana’s testimony yesterday, dismissing it as the work of a bitter person and an alleged recipient of monthly payments from handlers in the CR17 faction, a lobby group that mobilised for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ascendency to power.
ANCYL provincial secretary Reagan Booysen said, “We are not surprised that Dukwana will be going to the Commission as part of securing his monthly salary as reflected in the CR17 campaign bank statements.”
He also claimed Dukwana is a gambling addict that cannot be taken seriously, adding his appearance before the Commission was just to make a mockery of himself.
“We are just worried that he continues to draw seriously compromising attention unto himself, speaking on issues he is clearly clueless about,” noted Booysen.
He added the youth league wishes to advise Dukwana and his ilk that they will never lead the ANC in the Free State.
“They can continue taking our credible leadership to court but they will be clobbered every time. His anger is informed by the sound decision by the former Premier of our province and the current secretary general of the ANC, comrade Ace Magashule, of correctly redeploying him.’
Reagan challenged Dukwana to ‘bring everything he thinks he has,’ warning that the latter will at all material times find the ANCYL ready and waiting to tackle him.
Dukwana was appointed part of the ANC Free State Task Team last year on the insistence of the national headquarters of the party, to adopt some disgruntled members into the structure in a bid to foster unity.
He however resigned from the task team following alleged apparent fallout over provincial cabinet positions.
The former MEC was part of a group of discontented members of the ANC that took the party to court in protest over the legitimacy of the 2017 December provincial elective conference of the movement which was later nullified.
He has previously claimed the office of the Free State Premier, Sisi Ntombela, had reneged on its undertaking to assist him in getting information pertaining to the controversial Vrede Dairy Farm project, an allegation Ntombela has refuted.
Meanwhile Magashule, who said he is not shaken by Dukwana claims, has hit back at the former MEC.
In a recorded interview, Magashule said Dukwana had been responsible for signing off on government deals while he was still the economic development MEC in the province.
“The issue of the Zondo Commission and Dukwana is not an issue for me. Dukwana has said a lot of things; he says he has not signed documents. He talked about the new city and he told the Commission that he did not sign any documents and we have documents to show he has signed. His signature is attached,” noted Magashule.
“The man is earning without working, without paying tax; he is getting money every month,” he added.