Seasoned communicator Vincent Magwenya is set to return to the Union Buildings in Pretoria as the new spokesperson for President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Well-placed officials in government who TimesLIVE spoke to on Tuesday said Ramaphosa has resolved to bring in Magwenya to fill in the presidency spokesperson position that has been vacant for almost two years.
Ramaphosa’s office confirmed Magwenya's appointment just hours after it was reported by TimesLIVE.
“I am pleased to welcome Vincent Magwenya to the presidency team. His experience, insight and capabilities will strengthen our efforts to effectively communicate the work of the presidency as we undertake the work of recovery and rebuilding.
“I wish to express my gratitude to Tyrone Seale for having acted in the position of spokesperson to the president since July 2020. His capable manner and dedication to the task has been widely acknowledged and is much appreciated,” Ramaphosa said in a statement.
Magwenya has been appointed with effect from June 1 2022.
He comes in to replace Khusela Diko who was removed as spokesperson after controversy involving her late husband’s involvement in companies that benefited from PPE procurement by the Gauteng department of health.
Though an investigation didn’t find her guilty of wrongdoing with regard to PPE procurement, she was nonetheless found to have failed to disclose her interests in other entities.
Diko was served with a written warning and her suspension was later overturned.