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Maqueen Letsoha-Mathae Announced as ANC’s Premier Candidate for Free State

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Premier Mxolisi Dukwana appoints MaQueen Letsoha-Mathae as Acting Premier of Free State


Maqueen Letsoha-Mathae Appointed as New Premier of Free State


By Karabo Marifi – The ANC has named Maqueen Letsoha-Mathae as its Premier Candidate for the Free State Province, succeeding Mxolisi Dukwana, the ANC’s Provincial Chairperson. The announcement was made on Thursday by the ANC’s Secretary-General, Fikile Mbalula, in a statement released on social media platform X. The official swearing-in ceremony is set for tomorrow’s session in the provincial legislature.

Letsoha-Mathae, an established politician who currently serves as the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) Treasurer General and Free State MEC for Community Safety, Roads, and Transport, is expected to lead her province with vigour and dedication.

Diverse Reactions on Social Media

The appointment of Letsoha-Mathae has sparked reactions from various quarters. Mayibuye Bangani, the ANCYL Free State Provincial Secretary, acknowledged the transition, stating, “ANC Provincial Chairperson Cde Mxolisi Dukwana, you remain the political head of this province.”

An enthusiastic ANC member took to social media, praising Cde Dukwana’s work, stating, “Cde Dukwana led the renewal and rebuilding process of our movement with great success. The results of the general elections in the Free State speak for themselves. Cde MaQueen has a strong platform to build on and prioritise service delivery. She needs all our support.”

EFF’s Perspective

The EFF Free State Provincial Secretary, Bosanku Msimanga, had previously highlighted Letsoha-Mathae’s potential during a discussion on Central News. Msimanga remarked, “Maqueen Letsoha-Mathae is putting up a serious fight to be the next Premier of the Free State and is making bold moves and lobbying strongly. She is backed by the ANC Women’s League.”

A Stellar Track Record

Hon. Maqueen Letsoha-Mathae’s political journey is marked by significant achievements:

  • MEC for Community Safety, Roads, and Transport: Appointed on 15 March 2023.
  • Member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL): Served from 1999 to 2004.
  • Chairperson of Portfolio Committee on Transport: Contributed to the province’s transport policies.
  • Chief of Staff in the Office of the MEC of Social Development: Played a vital role in social development policy implementation.
  • Coordinator of the Second Chance Matric Programme: Aimed at helping learners to rewrite and pass their matric exams.
  • Prominent ANCWL Member: Held multiple key positions, including Regional and Provincial Secretary, and National Fundraiser.
  • ANC PEC Member: Active in the ANC Provincial Executive Committee in the Free State.

ANC’s Selection Process and Renewal Efforts

The ANC’s selection of Letsoha-Mathae as the Premier candidate for the Free State followed a thorough interview process conducted between 10–12 June 2024. The process was praised for its integrity and rigorous approach. The ANC’s Electoral Committee, chaired by Cde Kgalema Motlanthe, lauded the quality and commitment of the candidates.

The ANC is focused on renewing its leadership, striving to tackle societal challenges, uphold core values, and restore public trust. This renewal includes promoting ethical leadership, service delivery, and addressing critical priorities such as job creation, inclusive economy, and social cohesion.

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