Keeping it in the family: De Lille's sister resigns from state job

Keeping it in the family: De Lille's sister resigns from state job

- Patricia de Lille's sister has resigned from a ministerial position just a few weeks after her appointment

- Cynthia Jeffreys had been hired as an assistant appointment secretary in the minister's office

- De Lille insists that the required processes had been followed before her sibling was appointed

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Patricia de Lille's sister, Cynthia Jeffreys, has left her job as an assistant secretary in the Public Works Minister's office.

TimeLIVE reports that a complaint had been lodged with Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane over allegations of nepotism in De Lille's office.

In response to a written parliamentary question, the minister insisted that the proper recruitment processes were followed when her sister bagged the government position.

News24 reports that the position had not been advertised, with De Lille citing a regulation that allowed for this. Her sister was interviewed and the minister insisted that the responsibility to approve candidates lies with the director-general.

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Jeffreys reportedly boasts 14 years' worth of experience in administrative duties, with the relaxation of qualifications in line with Regulation 39 of the Public Service Regulations of 2016 allowing her to assume the role.

Citing 'ethical reasons', Jeffreys abandoned her post only 11 weeks into her employment, gathered.

De Lille says that HR recruitment was not required to determine if the employee had been related to people already working for the government.

The minister has indicated that she will fully co-operate with Busisiwe Mkhwebane in the investigation.

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