Mr Tokyo Gabriel Sexwale (Mosima)
Minister of Human Settlements
Date of Birth: 05/03/1953
Place of Birth: Orlando West, Soweto
Biography: Head, ANC Military HQ, 1990-91; Ex-Officio Member, ANC National
Executive Committee, 1991-97; Chair, ANC Gauteng Region, 1991-97;
Premier, Gauteng Prov Government, 1994-98; Head, Special Projects, African National Congress (ANC) Headquarters, 1994; Head, Public Liaison Department, ANC HQ, 1994; Non-Executive Director, ABSA Bank and Group, 2001-08; Executive Chair, Mvelaphanda Holdings, 2002-07; Non-Executive Chair, Mvelaphanda Holdings, 2007 to date; Minister of Human Settlements, 2009 to date.
Commentary: One of Zuma's inner circle and a major power in the ANC. Sexwale is a multi-millionaire and a political big-spender and, with Zuma, was one of those who ran in 2007. He shifted towards Zuma in December of 2007, his advisors reckoned that if he, perhaps temporarily, deferred to Zuma, he may yet secure the national presidency. Now Human Settlements Minister, Sexwale remains very ambitious and he also remains a serious competitor for the ANC presidency.