Thuthukile received 'no preferential treatment'

The department says the president’s daughter’s appointment as chief of staff is justified.

An old image of Thuthukile Zuma taken a few years ago. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services says President Jacob Zuma's daughter has received no preferential treatment.

It has justified Thuthukile Zuma's appointment, saying she is qualified for the post.

Zuma's daughter was appointed to the position of chief of staff in the department in just two months after serving as a media liaison officer.

It's been reported one needs at least five to 10 years of experience for the post. But the department believes the 25-year-old makes the cut.

The department has also brushed aside allegations that the appointment is irregular, saying the decision is consistent with the rules and regulations of government.

Zuma holds an honours degree and has worked with Minister Siyabonga Cwele before.

Meanwhile, no complaints have been raised at the department's human resources unit, although the appointment has been met with widespread criticism in the public.