Protector assessing complaint on Zuma's daughter

Johannesburg - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's office is assessing a complaint about the appointment of President Jacob Zuma's daughter to a top post in the telecommunications and postal services department, a spokesperson said on Friday.

"Once the assessment team has done its assessment of the complaint, it will be sent to her for a decision," Madonsela's spokesperson, Kgalalelo Masibi, said.

The assessment team would decide if Madonsela should investigate Thuthukile's appointment as the department's chief of staff.

The complaint was lodged on Tuesday but Masibi could not divulge the person's identity.

"The complainant is asking the protector to find out whether the post was advertised, how many people applied for the position, and which qualified candidates were rejected," she said.

"The complainant wants to know about the processes followed in the appointment, and whether she has the required qualification for the position."

Masibi said the complaint was based on a report by the Mail&Guardian newspaper last week that Thuthukile, 25, had landed the job and it appeared that the post was not advertised. She would earn almost R1m a year.

The newspaper reported that she previously worked with Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele at the State Security Agency, and followed him to her new post after the May elections.

She is the youngest of the president's four daughters with his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former Cabinet minister who is currently African Union Commission chairperson.

Thuthukile has an honours degree in anthropology from the University of the Witwatersrand.

According to the 2014 Estimates of National Expenditure, the chief of staff will manage a R4.1m budget in the department.

The chief of staff post is seen as a powerful position, with the incumbent responsible for the overall management of staff and the office's budget.

The department's spokesperson, Siya Qoza, later told Sapa her appointment was consistent with the rules and regulations, and that the minister only considered her capacity to do the job and her qualifications.

"Her genealogy was never a consideration," he said at the time.


Bheki Dladla 2014-08-01 01:41:14 PM
This will definitely show that something was just not done correctly.
Pumzile Linganiso 2014-08-01 01:48:24 PM
Take her on Thuli.Truth will surface for everyone to see.
Pumzile Linganiso 2014-08-01 01:51:58 PM
Take her on Thuli.Truth will surface for everyone to see.
Charles Komane 2014-08-01 01:52:44 PM
Protector, she must jst come forward nd tell the truth nd save the protectors dept's money, but its obvious no protocol was followed.
rory 2014-08-01 01:53:03 PM
Another of JZ good story to tell, just like Nkandla, the good story is just for the JZ family and buddies, total disregard for the people of South Africa and democracy.
Rowena Ditshego 2014-08-01 01:56:58 PM
ai i'm really getting sick wif "sum ppl" #jz he really is not a leader, first he wasted money on nkandla, then again he was investigated which did cost taxpayers a lot of money nd de investigation is stil hanging......... Now his "daughter" follows right into dad's footsteps.........
Haibo Mfondini 2014-08-01 01:58:23 PM
"Her genealogy was never a consideration", oh, because they'd admit it if it was.
Joel Sabela 2014-08-01 02:06:56 PM
Quite many good stories, he!
Vusi Sithole811 2014-08-01 02:06:58 PM
Her sin is her surname
Miles Lancmore 2014-08-01 02:08:55 PM
Leave this inexperianced girl alone,after all her dad is in charge!