Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services in trouble

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services is facing a leadership vacuum, with six of its seven most senior positions vacant.

The City Press reported that the vacant posts, which include the director-general and five deputy positions, have affected the department’s ability to deliver services.

According to the report, minister Siyabonga Cwele and his deputy Hlengiwe Mkhize are frustrated with the state of affairs.

In July 2015, the DA revealed that the ministry had lost its third deputy director general in five months, when Sam Vilakazi resigned.

The exit of Vilakazi followed the department firing Themba Phiri and Gift Buthelezi.

In August, Cwele announced he had placed director-general Rosey Sekese on precautionary suspension for a period of 60 days while the Public Service Commission conducted an inquiry.

The Minister then appointed Tinyiko Ngobeni as the acting director-general.

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