Munusamy, Nzimande part ways

2010-10-28 11:48

Higher education department spokesperson Ranjeni Munusamy will vacate her post at the end of this month, the department has said.

Munusamy was “not under any compulsion to do so” and was leaving to pursue “other interests”.

According to the Mail&Guardian, her departure was due to escalating tensions between her and Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande. The newspaper attributed these to Nzimande’s interpretation of Munusamy’s opposition to the ANC’s proposed media appeals tribunal, which Nzimande had been advocating.

Munusamy’s departure followed the recent resignation of director-general Mary Metcalfe. Nzimande and Metcalfe had agreed she would leave before the end of April next year.

City Press reported Metcalfe was set to quit “following a nasty fallout” with Nzimande. The pair’s working relationship of more than 20 years broke down barely a year into the newly-formed department.

According to the report, Nzimande had informed Metcalfe he no longer trusted her and she should leave. Both dismissed the report as “pure speculation”.

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