Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services loses third DDG in five months

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) has lost its third Deputy Director General (DDG) in five months.

The DA said that the DDG for Administration at the DTPS, Sam Vilakazi, resigned this week for reasons unknown.

Earlier in July, the DDG for ICT Policy and Strategy, Themba Phiri, was fired after he was persuaded by DTPS Minister Siyabonga Cwele to withdraw his resignation in May.

Gift Buthelezi was fired as DDG for International Affairs in March when Director General Rosey Sekese sent him the news via SMS.

These three DDGs have been subjected to internal disciplinary hearings regarding the controversial awarding of a R756-million tender, which is being investigated by the Special Investigating Unit.

The DDG of ICT Information Society Development and Research, Reneva Fourie, resigned in 2014, and has not been replaced.

This leaves only two of DTPS’s six departments with a DDG in charge. These are DDG for State Owned Companies Oversight, Sibongile Makopi, and DDG for Infrastructure Support Tinyaiko Ngobeni.

This week, Sekese sent warning letters for poor performance to 80% of senior management service-level employees.

“There are also disciplinary hearings being held against eight senior managers and two junior officials on the tender issue, seven of whom are also included in the SIU investigation,” said the DA.

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