Post link 30 July 2014, 23:31
South African president Jacob Zuma has been accused of nepotism after appointing his 25-year-old daughter to a senior government post. Zuma has moved from a role as a public liaison officer to the powerful position of chief of staff within two months.
The youngest of Zuma's four daughters, her new career means she now earns almost a million rand (£55,764) a year.
Thuthukile, who has an honours degree in Anthropology, assumed her new position in May according to the South Africa's Mail and Guardian after the appointment of her father’s new Cabinet.
The role was reportedly not advertised and Thuthukile now occupies a similar position to Lakela Kaunda, President Zuma’s chief of staff, who is considered to be one of the most powerful senior managers in the government.
Amid claims of nepotism, the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) is seeking clarity on the matter and its national spokesperson Marius Redelinghuys is planning to submit written questions to Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele by the end of the week.
'Was it advertised? If not, why not? What criteria was set for filling this position, and what influenced the consideration? If it was based on the CV, I’d like to know what other CVs were looked at,' Redelinghuys told the Mail and Guardian.
As news of the appointment broke, many angry South Africans took to Twitter to voice their opinion.
Author Max du Preez wrote: 'Real sadness about Thuthukile Zuma, with her qualifications & personality she could have made it to the top legitimately.' user wrote: 'I am 25 & I hold more qualifications & experience than Thuthukile Zuma (25) but then again, my father is just an ordinary man not President.'
But Zuma is also no stranger to controversy, having faced rape and corruption charges before becoming president.
In March it was revealed that he has been ordered to re-pay some of the £14million of tax payers' money used for a lavish upgrade of his private home.

A damning report by the country’s top anti-corruption official described improvements at the residence used by Mr Zuma, his four wives and more than 20 children, as an 'unconscionable and excessive misappropriation of public funds'.
The report is the result of a two-year probe into a controversy which is largely responsible for a dramatic drop in the popularity of the 71 year old president, who was booed by thousands of mourners at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela in December.
The 400 page report by South Africa’s Public Protector concluded Mr Zuma had profited personally and acted 'unethically' during the process of upgrading his personal homestead, which saw neighbours being evicted to make way for facilities including a swimming pool, a visitors’ centre, helipads, football pitch and amphitheatre.

In March it was revealed that Zuma has been ordered
to pay back some of the £14million of tax payers' money
used for a lavish upgrade of his private home

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