President Jacob Zuma’s daughter, Thuthukile Zuma, has landed a top job in the department of telecoms and postal services, having been appointed as chief of staff at the age of 25, the Mail & Guardian reported on Friday (25 July).
According to the report, Zuma has held the position since May, after her father – and president of the country – announced his new Cabinet.
She will be earning close to R1 million per annum in the role, and may have as many as 20 people reporting to her; with responsibilities ranging from managing a R4.1 million budget in the ministry, to serving as an interface between the department and the ministry, or acting as a delegate for the ministry itself, the paper said.
Comparatively, ministers get paid R2.1 million per annum, while deputy ministers earn R1.7 million.
At 25, Thuthukile is the youngest of the president’s four daughters with ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and previously worked with Telecoms minister Siyabonga Cwele at the State Security Agency – as a public liaison officer – for less than a year.
She reportedly graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in April 2011 and received an honours degree in anthropology in June 2012 – a far stretch from the managerial skills and experience often required for such senior positions.