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.