Thuthukile Zuma steps down from dept of telecomms and postal services

Thuthukile Zuma is the daughter of former president Jacob Zuma. Her appointment as the chief of staff at the department of telecommunications and postal services was met with criticism and suspicion that it may have been passed on illegally.

However, a probe, initiated by the former public protector, Thuli Madonsela, found that her appointment was in line with the prevailing prescripts.

The probe into the appointment of Thuthukile Zuma

This, according to a Mail & Guardian article from 2014, was not in line with a report that had been released previously, condemning these kinds of appointments.

This seems to contradict a critical report by the PSC into the appointment of ministerial staff published in May, before the news of Zuma’s appointment broke.

The PSC recommends in the report that stringent selection processes should be followed.

The recommendation the article spoke of detailed the following processes that should have been taken to appoint a chief of staff:

“The chief of staff position is at a senior management services level, and therefore the selection processes should not be different from those utilised to select a chief director for a line function in a department. This means that candidates should be assessed/interviewed and should undergo a competency assessment in line with the requirements.”

However, four years went by without any kind of action being taken against the daughter of the former president.

Thuthukile Zuma hangs up the white towel

Since then, Thuthukile has quietly gone on about her business and succeeded in not attracting any attention to herself – not until now.

Sowetan Live has recently reported that

The young Zuma, whose appointment sparked an outcry from citizens and opposition parties, resigned from her position in December.

Thuthukile notified the department of her intentions to leave in August, and it was accepted by minister Siyabonga Cwele.