Zulu lands plum job

2010-04-26 00:00

FORMER Msunduzi Municipality manager Thabani Zulu has landed himself yet another prominent position — this time with the national Human Settlement Department.

He has been appointed the department’s director-general.

Zulu made headlines when police found a large sum of cash in his crashed car three years ago.

The cabinet announced his appointment on Thursday, a Sunday newspaper reported yesterday.

His appointment has not been welcomed by members of the opposition parties as he is considered to be a controversial character.

According to the newspaper, Zulu (43) was one of Robben Island’s youngest prisoners when he was jailed by apartheid security forces at the age of 19.

He served on Robben Island with the Human Settlement Minister, Tokyo Sexwale.

In 2007, Zulu was a director-general of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Welfare.

Zulu’s appointment followed “normal recruitment process”, the newspaper reported.

Speaking to to the Sunday newspaper Zulu said: “The money that was found in my car was mine. I did not steal it or receive irregularly. I don’t have to account for it. There is public office and private life. If one impacts on the other then you have to account, otherwise not.

“My slate is clean, there is no doubt. The country needs public servants with passion and I am one of those,” he said.

Sexwale’s spokeperson, Chris Vick, confirmed Zulu’s appointment.

As the department’s accounting officer, Zulu will be responsible for its financial affairs, operations and implementation of policy.

A high-ranking official in the department said yesterday that Zulu will take up his duties in the coming days.

The new director-general will be central to the department’s housing delivery mandate and Sexwale’s campaign to root out corruption in the department.

Zulu studied at the University of the Western Cape and graduated with a BA degree in administration.

He recently received an MBA.

 

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