Thuthukile Zuma blows up on Twitter

On Friday the Mail & Guardian broke the news that President Jacob Zuma’s daughter Thuthukile may have made history as South Africa’s youngest head of a minister’s office.

From a lowly public liaison officer at the department of State Security to the powerful position of chief of staff within two months at the age of 25, she now earns almost a million rand a year.

Her dramatic rise to the position, which she assumed in May after the appointment of her father’s new Cabinet, has raised concerns about political nepotism at the renamed department of telecommunications and postal services.

The news caused fierce debate in the public space as commentators, authors, civil servants, politicians and ordinary South Africans picked apart the facts and took their stance.

We rounded up the highlights of the debate - so far.

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