- President Cyril Ramaphosa's new spokesperson is Khusela Diko
- The former head of ANC communications holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is studying to complete her Bachelor of Laws
- Many have welcomed Ramaphosa's decision as a way forward for the ANC
Khusela Diko has an impressive career behind her, and now, as the new Spokesperson of President Cyril Ramaphosa, she's got a high profile position to add to it.
Diko formerly served as the head of ANC communications in the party’s Department of Information and Publicity, until her sudden resignation was announced on 1 March.
“The Presidency is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Khusela Diko as the Spokesperson to President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“Diko is a seasoned communicator and marketing professional who was, until recently, the governing party’s national communications manager, and acted as its spokesperson on many occasions. Prior to joining the ANC, she served as chief director of communications in the Gauteng Provincial Government.”
Diko's education is extensive, Briefly.co.za learned. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is currently studying to complete her Bachelor of Laws.
Her work history in the ANC goes back years. Diko served as the spokesperson for the ANC Youth League as well as for ANC Treasurer General Paul Mashatile.
Diko has served in the highest decision making structures of the ANC in Gauteng.
When the ANC appointed Pule Mabe as the party’s new spokesperson last month, many insiders were said to be disappointed that Diko did not get the job.
However, with her resignation on Thursday, though, eNCA’s Xoli Mngambi seemed to know what was coming.
The appointment of the youthful, and brilliantly qualified, Diko, as Ramaphosa's spokesperson seems to be a clever move, given the criticism the President faced with the appointment of his Cabinet.
Many feel the positions should have been given to younger members within the party.
Diko will begin her new role on 12 March.
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