Former Free State MEC of Economic Development, Mxolisi Dukwana, has declined the ANC’s Provincial Executive Council’s invitation despite attempts to co-opt him into it. According to the party’s Provincial Secretary, Paseka Nompondo, during a briefing in Bloemfontein, this was an attempt to build unity.
“As part of its campaign to unite the ANC in the Free State, the ANC has invited resourceful and dedicated members to assist in doing organisational work. Comrade Mxolisi Dukwana was, as a result of this process co-opted into the PEC of the ANC. Comrade Dukwana initially had accepted this co-option he later changed his mind,” said Nompondo.
Dukwana applied for an Anton Piller order at the Bloemfontein High Court, which allowed the offices of the Premier and Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DESTEA) to be searched and evidence seized without prior warning. Dukwana claimed that current ANC Secretary-General and former Free State Premier, Ace Magashule, took him to Tony Gupta where Gupta attempted to strong-arm him into a R140 million deal.
Dukwana will be testifying before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry on state capture. Nompondo stated that the party preferred that issues be addressed internally before elsewhere. “We respect his rights, which he enjoys as a citizen of this country. We must however, state that the doors of the ANC remain open for all members, including Dukwana, to raise any issue he may deem fit even before going to the public,” Nompondo explained.
The party held a briefing after its latest PEC meeting at provincial headquarters Kaizer Sebothelo Building in Mangaung. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele