One of president Zuma’s daughter, Thuthukile Zuma has refuted claims that she was awarded a contract to transport diesel to Mossel Bay for the parastatal.
Thuthukile, who took to social media to rubbish the claims further threatened a legal action against the news source for alleging that she was awarded a lucrative Petro SA tender.
Eyewitness reports that according to a Southern Cape newspaper, the Mossel Bay Advertiser, the president’s daughter secured the tender to supply diesel to the local fuel company several months ago.
According to reports too, the contract allegedly includes a daily shipment of diesel.
Still on the matter, the Southern Cape newspaper asserted that four different sources, all well-placed, highly qualified and reliable, actually confirmed the development.
And having learnt about the news published by the the small town newspaper, Thuthukile denied the allegations, referring to them as a “complete fabrication”.
She also posted on her Twitter account that her next step would be to seek legal counsel. She also promised taking proper action against the daily for printing and disseminating fabricated lies.
26-year-old had earlier made headlines last month, after she quietly vacated a top government post. Thuthukile, bowed to pressure following agitatations for her exit as chief of staff in Telecommunications and Postal Services ministry.
We will recall that lots of criticism trailed her appointment because many considered her too young for the top ministerial post.
The department of Telecommunications and Postal Services spokesperson Siyabonga Qoza, who confirmed the incident said, “She left at the end of December following a handing over period.
Thuthukile Zuma has been replaced by Frans Mthombeni,” Qoza affirmed.
Her pronounced rise to the position, which she assumed in May 2014 came after the appointment of her father’s new Cabinet. The development raised concerns about political nepotism at the renamed department of telecommunications and postal services.
Thuthukile Zuma was a model student. She matriculated from Westerford High School, Cape Town in 2006. The University of the Witwatersrand confirmed that she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in April 2011. She also received an honours degree in anthropology in June 2012.