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Risenga Maluleke appointed new statistician-general

Risenga Maluleke says he is confident his experience makes him the best candidate for the job.

FILE: New Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke. Picture: Supplied.

PRETORIA - The country has a new statistician-general.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe has announced the appointment of Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) veteran Risenga Maluleke to the position.

“Mr Maluleke is a blue-blooded Stats SA employee in character and in conduct. He joined Stats SA 20 years ago in 1997 and has served in various leadership and management roles.”

Radebe announced that Maluleke will be taking over from Pali Lehohla when his term ends at the end of October.

Maluleke is confident his experience makes him the best candidate for the job.

“I’ve been in Stats SA for 20 years. There is nothing that I do not know in Stats SA. I understand everything, I understand its successes and where issues need to be tweaked to go forward.”

Lehohla says he met Maluleke 20 years ago when interviewed him for his first post at the organisation.

“Immediately after that, I called Benny Mokaba. I said: Dr Mokaba we have head of statistics in the making. I am very happy that what I saw in this man, the Cabinet of South Africa also saw.”

Maluleke says he hopes to carry on in Lehohla’s footsteps, he’s also confirmed he has no intention of donning a bright yellow suit.