DA to approach Madonsela over appointment of Minister’s daughter

BY CHARL BOSCH - JULY 13, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has stated that it will approach Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, to investigate nepotism charges against Deputy Police Minister Maggie Sotyu, after she reportedly assisted with the appointment of her daughter in a top position at the provincial office of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) in the Free State.

According to a weekend CityPress article, Boniwe Sotyu was elected to the position of Deputy Director of Investigations despite only having three years’ experience when the position required at least a bachelor’s degree or diploma in law or policing, four years’ experience criminal investigation management, project management and a thorough knowledge of criminal law.

Documents obtained by the paper also showed that Sotyu, who is reported as having an unrecognised diploma believed to be from the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority, was appointed to the position ahead of 90 other candidates, and that no record of her investigating a case exists.

“Despite knowing all this the interview panel asserted that she was the best candidate and acting IPID head confirmed Sotyu’s appointment, saying he was happy that she was suitably qualified,” DA Shadow Minister for Police, Dianne Kohler Barnard, said in a statement.

“This appointment smacks of nepotism and favouritism for the daughter of the IPID’s own Deputy Minister. The appointment of the children and family members of senior ANC affiliates, despite more suitably qualified candidates applying, appears more and more to have become the norm rather than the exception”.

 

IMAGE sourced from ewn.co.za