Controversial Zuma friend appointed as ambassador

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Controversial Zuma friend appointed as ambassador
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Another ANC loyalist of President Jacob Zuma, Thulani Dhlomo is rewarded with an excellent post after much controversy.

The former head of special operations and deputy director of information in the State Security Agency’s Interior Branch (SVA), was nominated by Zuma as ambassador to Tokyo. This happened after been temporarily suspended at the SVA because of irregularities with foreign travel.

Before Dhlomo was appointed to the SVA, he resigned from the KwaZulu-Natal department of social services after a controversy involving tenders. An audit found that he improperly interfered with tender procedures and in the process awarded tenders amounting to R45 million.

In his term at the SVA, he was head of the unit for special operations, and the one particular service he seemed to participate in was to protect Zuma from his involvement in the arms scandal.

He apparently also traveled overseas regularly, although he worked on domestic affairs. He allegedly visited abroad once a month. There is uncertainty over the costs involved.

As Japan is one of the country’s largest trading partners, the ambassador will receive a higher salary.

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