State Security Agency not an employment department for Ministers' children - Phumla Williams

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - AUGUST 26, 2014

The South African government on Tuesday sought to dismiss reports that its State Security Agency has become an employment department for the children of Ministers and other high-profile officials.

“It is unfair to suggest that the appointments of these children were based on their relations and others, like them, also often fall prey to unfair discrimination by virtue of their relationships with political principals,” said Acting Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) CEO, Phumla Williams.

She said that the reports create an impression that the children of Ministers and other officials should be exempt from pursuing a career in the public service.

“All citizens have the constitutional right to apply for any employment, as long as they meet the requirements - even if it is within the public service.”

Williams also said that the intelligence academy has stringent and rigorous recruitment and screening processes that are in place in order to fulfil its mandate of producing quality intelligence training to the members of the intelligence community.  

“As indicated in the department’s budget vote on 23 July, the department has prioritised making intelligence a career of choice for many young South Africans, enhance the output of the academy, and strengthen synergies with other institutions with common interests,” he said.

She said the reports are misleading the public and create the impression that most of the students attending the academy are the children of politicians.

“In fact, this faceless report is far from the truth,” said Williams.

Photo caption: REPORTS MISLEADING... Acting Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) CEO, Phumla Williams. Photo courtesy of YouTube.