DoC’s Sekese still on “special leave”

The Department of Communications continues to operate without its director general, Rosey Sekese, who is still on special leave – while a cloud still hangs over the department’s minister, Dina Pule.

In November, the National Assembly’s communications committee asked communications minister Dina Pule to look into her director general’s performance agreement.

The committee reached a consensus that Sekese “misled” it regarding the signing of her performance agreement for 2012/13.

Sekese told the committee that she had a performance agreement for 2012/2013, to which committee members asked for evidence of the signed document. Two documents were provided.

After studying the two contracts, committee chairman Sikhumbuzo “Eric” Kholwane said they were found to be “two unidentical documents which did not have signatures of both parties”.

“Therefore, they do not constitute a performance agreement.”

According to legal counsel, there was no contract between the director general and minister Pule.

“The director general of the Department of Communications, Ms Rosey Sekese, remains on special leave. The matter is being handled internally,” the DoC said in a statement on Friday (15 February).

Deputy director general, Gift Buthelezi, has been asked to continue acting in Sekese’s role.

Dina Pule

Dina Pule is also currently under pressure with various media reporting that the minister is set to be ousted from cabinet “soon”, following a scandal involving her boyfriend Phosane Mngqibisa, in which he received R6 million in management fees for the ICT Indaba held in 2012.

A statement from the minster on Monday (11 February) largely sidestepped the question of whether she had asked to be deployed as an ambassador, away from her current position, as reported in the Sunday Independent.

“President Jacob Zuma has given me a task to ensure that all South Africans have access to world class ICT Infrastructure, policies, broadcasting signal and post offices. We moving apace to connect schools and open post offices in rural areas.

“This is a task I take very seriously and I’ll continue to execute it until the President tells me otherwise.”

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