Talking Point: Zuma’s daughter gets top government job

2014-07-25 12:48

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The appointment of President Jacob Zuma’s 25-year-old daughter as the head of a Cabinet minister’s office has become quite the talking point.

Thuthukile Zuma, with a Bachelor of Arts degree and an honours degree in anthropology, progressed from a lowly public liaison officer to the powerful post of chief of staff in the department of telecommunications and postal services within two months, the Mail & Guardian reported.

She earns almost R1 million a year.

The M&G reports it appears the post wasn’t advertised, although ministers can use their discretion to appoint someone without advertising. The appointment has been hotly debated on talk radio shows and Twitter.


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Thuthukile is the youngest of the president’s four daughters with ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairperson of the African Union.

Thuthukile refused to comment on the appointment and said all questions had to be directed to the department’s spokesperson.

The spokesperson told the newspaper that Thuthukile Zuma had the relevant qualifications for the position.

The presidency refused to comment on the appointment.

Thuthukile made headlines in 2011 for getting an ANC job.

While the party insisted that Thuthukile and her sister, Gugulethu, were not getting paid for the work and were simply volunteering, at least one source within the party told The Star that they were being paid for their work.

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