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The Public Service Commission (PSC) is set to investigate the appointment of Thuthukile Zuma – the youngest of President Jacob Zuma’s daughters – as chief of staff at the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS), according to the office of the Public Protector.
Kgalalelo Masibi, spokesperson for the Public Protector, says a formal complaint was laid on Tuesday, days after it emerged that 25-year-old Thuthukile held a senior position at the newly-formed ministry.
“The Public Service Commission has been advised that the complaint will be submitted to them on Monday.
The Commission will also be requested to advise the Public Protector of the outcome of their investigation,” says Masibi.
Speaking shortly after the appointment made headlines, DTPS spokesperson Siya Qoza said Thuthukile’s contract appointment in the ministry “is consistent with the rules and regulations governing the appointment of people in government ministries”.
He pointed out that she holds an honours degree and has worked with Cwele before. “The minister only considered her capacity to do the job and her qualifications. Her genealogy was never a consideration.”
According to online chief of staff job vacancy posts, the position yields a salary in the region of R800 000 to R930 000.
As chief of staff, Thuthukile is responsible for general management of staff and overseeing the general management of the ministry’s budget, among other things.
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