President Jacob Zuma’s daughter, who received widespread criticism for being the youngest head of a ministerial department, has left her government job, it was confirmed on Sunday.
Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services spokesperson Siyabonga Qoza told News24 that Thuthukile Zuma communicated her intention to leave the ministry in the middle of last year.
“She left at the end of December, following a handing-over period,” said Qoza.
Zuma has been replaced by Frans Mthombeni, he confirmed.
Zuma is the youngest of the President’s four daughters with his former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the current African Union Commission Chairperson.
Thuthukile Zuma made headlines in 2014, when she reportedly landed herself the senior government job at the age of 25. The appointment was widely criticised.
The Communications Ministry said that Thuthukile was appointed as Chief of Staff at the ministry because she has the credentials for the job and for no other reason.
Questions were raised to the department after the Mail & Guardian reported in 2014 that the 25-year-old had been promoted within two months of joining with the department as a media liaison officer.
The job required 10 years’ experience, but Zuma got the job despite only beginning her career in 2011, as a volunteer volunteered for the ANC.
The Mail & Guardian reported that Zuma earned almost R1 million a year. Media reports also revealed that it appeared the post was never advertised.
Zuma had reportedly previously worked with Siyabonga Cwele at the State Security Agency.