MEC Xasa was born on the 08th of July 1957 at Egoso Location in the District of Ngcobo. His primary education was done at St Albans Junior Secondary in Ngcobo. He matriculated at Clarkebury in 1978.
In 1981 he completed the Bachelor of Education at the University of Transkei. In 1982 he completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PDE) at the University of Transkei. He continued with his studies until he graduated with a Bachelor of Education at the University of Fort Hare.
Post Graduate Diploma Business Administration at the Regent College. Advanced Diploma in Labour Law at the Global Solutions
Other trainings he has completed include:
- Certificates in Financial Management for Non –Financial Managers
- Execute Leadership Certificate
He started his teaching career on 19 January 1983, at Manzana Senior Secondary School in Ngcobo. He got promoted at various stages as Head of Department, Deputy Principal and Principal at the same school.
He was appointed as a member of the Strategic Management Team (SMT) for Education in 1994 at Bhisho. The team was able to produce a Strategic Plan and organizational structure for the Department. In June 1995 he was appointed Regional Director for the Eastern Region with its Headquarters in Mthatha. The Region was formed up of 11 Magisterial Districts.
In 2001 the Regions were phased out and he was appointed District Manager of King William’s Town and in 2005 he was transferred to Dutywa. In January 2009, he was seconded to Bhisho as a Director for Community Liaison. He was later sworn in as Member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature on the 06th May 2009.
MEC Xasa was part of the underground activities in the former Transkei, linked up with the network in Lesotho and Swaziland and was tasked by the African National Congress with various responsibilities, including being part of the first regional structure in the Transkei after the unbanning of the ANC.
He has held various leadership positions within the structures of the ruling party, including that of Chairperson of Ngcobo Branch. He became a member of the first Regional Executive of the former Transkei Region Heading Education Desk. In 1994, he was elected as a member of the first Provincial Executive Committee of the ANC in 1994, also tasked to head the Education Desk.
He has been the Chairperson of the Chris Hani for three consecutive terms. He is currently a member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC deployed in the Eastern Cape. He is also serving in the Sub-Committee for Health and Education.
Before his appointment by Eastern Cape Premier, Mr Phumulo Masualle as an MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs, he held the position of Speaker of the Eastern Cape Legislature from 2009 to 2014.