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Govt. mum on appointing spin doctor

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says this job requires a special sort of person.

Acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Willams. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Government indicated on Wednesday that it cannot say why it's taking so long to appoint a new top spin doctor.

Jimmy Manyi left his post as head of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) in August last year, and Phumla Williams has been its acting head for nearly 14 months.

Williams has had to speak for government and Cabinet for more than a year without knowing how long she will be handling the task.

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says this job requires a special sort of person.

"Individuals are selected carefully on the basis of their loyalty to the party but also their ability to present a good image of government. As we know the previous head of GCIS was controversial."

The performance monitoring and evaluation department that has responsibility for GCIS would only say that Williams will act until Cabinet pronounces on this issue.