Khusela Diko (nee Sangoni; born in Mthatha, Eastern Cape) is a South African politician and communicator. She is a businesswoman, creator, writer, and television producer.
She is popular for serving as the Head of Communications and Spokesperson to Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa.
Khusela abandoned all she was doing at Luthuli House and left for the Union Building five days before the Cabinet was reshuffled by the President.
She gives credit to her comrades in the ruling party for her position. Khusela says she wouldn’t have attained the position where she is today if it wasn’t for their support.
Khusela does not fail to give credit to the members of the ANC Women’s League and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga for her achievement.
|Age||around 41 years old|
|Place of birth||Mthatha, Eastern Cape|
|Husband||Bhatia King Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko|
She attended the University of South Africa (UNISA) and finished with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. She furthers her academic pursuit in LLB degree.
Her father was a renowned layer in South Africa and is known to be among the executors of Nelson Mandela.
He (her father) was the younger brother of Themba Sangoni, a former Judge President. Her mother, on the other hand, was a teacher, Khusela Diko has two (2) siblings.
Khusela is married to Bhatia King Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko, the king of the Amabhaca tribe. Her husband is the reigning king of the tribe, that makes her a queen, right?
In December 2018, the couple cemented their union in a royal wedding that made a wave in the country.
The wedding, which lasted for two days, began on 14 December in the bride’s home at Qokolweni village. The wedding was graced by hundreds of guests from all parts of South Africa.
The guest joined the ceremony dressed in traditional regalia, many dubbed it to be the best traditional wedding that took place that year.
On the second day, on 15 December, the wedding was held at the king’s home at kwaBhaca.
Many notable personalities in the country attended the wedding including the Minister of Public Works, Deputy Minister of the Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, among others.
Members of the African National Congress (ANC) party attended the memorable occasion.
The discipline follows after she allegedly failed to disclose her financial interests to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) in its probe into her alleged involvement in the PPE tender scandal.
She remains on special leave after being implicated in Covid-19 tender corruption allegations.
In July 2020, she stepped aside amid pressure after it was revealed that her husband’s company had controversially and irregularly secured an R125 million tender for the provision of personal protective equipment from the Gauteng health department. The department was led then by her family friend and close ally Dr. Bandile Masuku.
The department was the most affected by alleged Covid-19 tender corruption. The SIU has, however, not yet found either Masuku or Diko of having been party to tender manipulation allegations.