Profile of the MEC

Mr. Mxolisi Dukwana

He was born and bred in Kutlwanong, Odendaalsrus in the Free State province. Upon completion of his teacher’s training course at Mphohadi College in Kroonstad, he taught at Rearabetswe Secondary School at Kutlwanong, Odendaalsrus from 1986 to 1993.

He played a leading role in the South African Youth Congress (SAYCO) activities back in the 1980’s. In 1994, the first year of the new democratic dispensation, he assumed the role of Commissioner for the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP).

In 1996 he was appointed as MEC for Department of Education in the Free State, a post he held until 1998. This was followed by a year as the African National Congress (ANC) Chief Whip of the majority party represented in the Free State Legislature.
From 1999 until 2001, Mr. Dukwana became the Deputy Speaker of the Free State Legislature serving in various committees in both the Legislature and the African National Congress (ANC). He was later elected as the Speaker of the Free State Legislature in year 2001.

In January 2008, he further got appointed as MEC for Community Safety and Transport. He was also a Board Member (Trustee) of the Political Office Bearers Pension Fund. October 2008, Dukwana became MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs until February 2012.
Mr. Dukwana was elected as the African National Congress (ANC) Provincial Treasurer in 2005. In 2008 he was re-elected as African National Congress (ANC) Provincial Treasurer.

Currently Mr. Mxolisi Dukwana is serving as the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements. This is a particularly complex and vexing portfolio that demands a value- driven, purposive, ingenious, prescient and pragmatic leader, because all else is affected by municipal governance and human settlements.

He serves as the Provincial Covenor of the Free State African National Congress (ANC), after the National Executive Committee (NEC) dissolved the previous Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) to stabilise, unite and renew the province.

He has played a pivotal role in providing valuable testimony at the State Capture Commission, popularly known as the Zondo Commission to unravel the web of State Capture in the Free State.