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Telecoms DG Rosey Sekese suspended

Rosey Sekese

Rosey Sekese

Telecommunications & postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele has suspended the department’s director-general, Rosey Sekese.

The move comes after Sekese was given 72 hours to provide reasons why she shouldn’t be placed on a “precautionary suspension” while the Public Service Commission conducts an investigation into “dysfunction” in the department.

Despite furnishing reasons to Cwele, the minister has decided to suspend Sekese anyway. “After considering the reasons and applying his mind, minister Cwele has decided to place the director-general on precautionary suspension for a period of 60 days while the Public Service Commission conducts its independent inquiry,” a ministry spokesman said in a statement.

“The decision is merely a precautionary step and is not a punishment and the director- general will be on full pay during this period.”

Tinyiko Ngobeni has been appointed as acting director-general until further notice. The probe is expected to take about two months.

The move by the minister comes as industry players become increasingly frustrated by the problems at the department, which have resulted in new policies, crucial to the sector’s development, never seeing the light of day.

Cwele said he has received concerns from individuals, including at a senior level, about the “paralysis” within the department, his office said. “The Public Service Commission reviewed the concerns and determined that the seriousness thereof warrants an independent inquiry.”

Cwele has admitted “ongoing leadership challenges” are “negatively affecting” the department’s “ability to execute its functions timeously”.

Among other things, Cwele wants the independent inquiry to probe “tension” and “destabilisation” in the senior ranks at the department, and the role of Sekese in this.

He also wants an investigation into the circumstances and the role of Sekese in disciplinary action taken against three deputy directors-general, Gift Buthelezi, Themba Phiri and Sam Vilakazi.

Buthelezi and Phiri were fired in recent months, while Vilakazi resigned, but reportedly only after being told that he, too, would be fired.

The Public Service Commission will probe alleged abuse of power and situations of conflict in the relationship with the three DDGs, Cwele said.

Also to be investigated are the “irregular appointment of two employees to the same post of media liaison officer in the office of the deputy minister”.

The probe will also look into “reasons for the inaccuracies on the delegations of authority submitted to the former and current minister” by Sekese and the “lawfulness of the application of the delegations of authority by the former minister of communications to [Sekese], dated 19 September 2013”.  – © 2015 NewsCentral Media


  1. So sad to see all the suspensions in the Telecoms industry, USAASA, Neotel, DTPS and who else??? This is very disruptive to an already ailing sector, so I hope the inquiries will not result in further paralysis, but rather address underlying fraud, corruption and inaction.

  2. Vusumuzi Sibiya on

    >>Despite furnishing reasons to Cwele, the minister has decided to suspend Sekese anyway.

    Well Rosey, there might be enough characters to fire someone via an SMS but if you are to furnish reasons not to be suspended, a single SMS to the minister isn’t going to cut it I’m afraid.

  3. Greg Mahlknecht on

    Unless, perhaps, that SMS was “ok, I will hire your niece as my deputy” 🙂

  4. Maybe Cwele needs someone to blame for sitting on the pending Investigation motivations procrastination I think they call it.

  5. The sector is not ailing, it is booming. It just is rationalising under fiercer competition.
    The DTPS, USAASA, USAF, MDDA, Nemisa, GCIS can al be closed down.
    SAPO, SABC, Sentech can all be privatised.
    The DoC should just fulfill it’s previous function, not Gov propaganda.
    When a full “Transformation” like that has taken place, the DoC can just become a Directorate of another ministry. Ministries should be reduced to 15 from 35 now.

  6. CharlieTango on

    Isn’t it great working for government and its various organs (Eskom, Telkom, Transnet, etc) – screw up in your job, go on paid leave for umpteen months while they “investigate” and then get a golden handshake of millions of Rands to leave quietly.

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