Dept defends Zuma daughter’s promotion

Thuthukile Zuma was promoted to a senior position with a reported annual salary of R1 million.

A photograph of Thuthukile Zuma taken a few years ago. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services on Friday defended the appointment of President Jacob Zuma's daughter to a senior position.

Officials say the move is consistent with rules and regulations.

Thuthukile Zuma was promoted from the position of media liaison officer to chief of staff to the minister in just two months.

The 25-year-old's rise to the powerful position occurred in May, shortly after the president announced changes to his Cabinet.

At the time, Zuma announced the renaming of the then-department of communications.

The department says Thuthukile was hired because of her qualifications and capacity to do the job.

It denied any foul play in the decision.

The _ Mail & Guardian_ says it appears as though the post, which is believed to come with a R1 million annual salary, was never advertised in public.

The chief of staff is responsible for all employees in the department and for overseeing the minister's budget.

The Presidency refused to comment further, saying the president doesn't have a say in the appointment of a minster's staff.

The department says no complaint was raised on the matter.