Cwele serves charges on telecoms DG

Siyabonga Cwele
Siyabonga Cwele

Johannesburg - Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Dr Siyanbonga Cwele has served charges on his department’s director general (DG) Rosey Sekese.

This comes after Cwele put Sekese on precautionary suspension in August for two months, amid a probe launched into leadership problems at the department.

READ: Telecoms DG suspended for 60 days

Business technology publication ITWeb reported in March this year that insiders said Sekese has allegedly been on a “witch hunt” to purge staff members who oppose her.

On Wednesday spokesperson for the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siya Qoza did not want to comment on what Sekese has been charged with until the completion of the process.

“Ms Sekese was served with charges and the disciplinary process started on Tuesday, 03 November 2015,” read a statement from the department.

“The Department will advise the public once these processes have been concluded by the chairperson of the inquiry,” said the department.

Qoza did however say that the precautionary suspension and current process of charges launched against Sekese are not affecting work at the department.

“We’ve had an interim DG in the period that Rosey was suspended,” Qoza told Fin24.

The department announced in August that it had appointed Tinyiko Ngobeni as the acting DG.

The investigation against Sekese by the department was launched after opposition political party the Democratic Alliance raised concerns that a leadership exodus at the ministry could impact on the likes of a government broadband roll-out project.

In July, deputy director general (DDG) Sam Vilakazi resigned after Sekese fired two other DDGs, Themba Phiri and Gift Buthelezi.

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