Rasool to take up US post

2010-07-02 17:06

Johannesburg - Former Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool has been appointed ambassador designate in the United States, the US embassy said on Friday.

"We look forward to his arrival in Washington DC," the US embassy statement said.

"Contrary to published reports... the United States' acceptance of the nomination of an ambassador-designate has concluded between the United States and South Africa."

This came as allegations of improper dealings between Rasool and a former Cape Argus reporter surfaced this week.

The Argus reported on Wednesday that its former political reporter, Ashley Smith, had confessed in an affidavit to the National Prosecuting Authority that he had worked for a public relations company which received government work while Rasool was the province's premier and that he received payment to spin stories to favour Rasool.