Zuma’s wife turns down job offer

2013-10-06 14:26

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Durban - One of President Jacob Zuma’s wives, Bongi Ngema-Zuma, has turned down an offer by Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande to serve on the council of the Vaal University of Technology.

According to the Sunday Independent, Ngema-Zuma appreciated the confidence shown in her by Nzimande but said she would not be able to serve on the council due to other commitments.

This move however has angered many people in the higher education sector. One official who spoke on condition of anonymity said that even though the move was not illegal it was morally and ethically wrong for the spouse of the head of state to sit on such a council as it could create a climate of fear among the other members.

According to the Higher Education Act, the minister is allowed to appoint up to five people on to a university council. Nzimande has however come under fire in the past for having appointed allies to influential positions. 
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