Joe Maswan­ganyi

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Maswan­ganyi (53), a vo­cal cam­paigner for Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma in Lim­popo, has oc­cu­pied dif­fer­ent po­si­tions as an MEC, in­clud­ing for lo­cal govern­ment and hous­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, and sports, arts and cul­ture.

Last year, he was de­ployed by the ANC in Lim­popo to Par­lia­ment as an or­di­nary MP. Be­fore that, he served as a chair­per­son for the public ser­vice and ad­min­is­tra­tion port­fo­lio com­mit­tee in the Lim­popo Leg­is­la­ture.

He ob­tained his master’s de­gree in po­lit­i­cal sci­ence (cum laude) at the Univer­sity of Venda along­side Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa.

Speak­ing to City Press af­ter re­ceiv­ing the news of his pro­mo­tion, Maswan­ganyi said: “I’m a loyal ser­vant of the ANC who will ac­cel­er­ate any man­date or task given by the ANC lead­er­ship. I will equally serve my coun­try with dig­nity, and hon­our my coun­try with re­spect.”

Maswan­ganyi re­fused to with­draw his sup­port for Zuma af­ter the pres­i­dent re­called his for­mer ally, ANC pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Cas­sel Mathale, a few years ago fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions that they were milk­ing the Lim­popo state purse. At this point, Maswan­ganyi turned his back on then ANC Youth League pres­i­dent Julius Malema, who was Mathale’s ally.

Last year, Maswan­ganyi de­nied that he was part of an ANC fac­tion known as Boko Haram, which was al­legedly or­ches­trat­ing the down­fall of em­bat­tled ANC pro­vin­cial chair­per­son and premier of the prov­ince Stan Matha­batha, who has been ac­cused of fail­ing to unite the ANC lead­er­ship in Lim­popo.

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