AFTER years in the media backwaters, former City Press editor Vusi Mona has bounced back.

AFTER years in the media backwaters, former City Press editor Vusi Mona has bounced back.

He is now acting deputy director of communications in the Presidency. Mona has until recently been the Rhema Church spokesperson.

Six years ago Mona and the then Sunday Times journalist Ranjeni Moonsamy fell from grace. This was after they were exposed for publishing a baseless story accusing the then prosecutions boss Bulelani Ngcuka of being an apartheid spy.

Moonsamy passed on the spy story to Mona after the then Sunday Times editor Mathatha Tsedu had rejected it.

During the Hefer Commission, established by former president Thabo Mbeki to investigate the allegations, Mona was also exposed as having acted unethically by publishing the contents of an off-the-record briefing of senior black journalists by Ngcuka.

While the saga impacted negatively on the pair's journalistic profile, politically it enhanced their profiles because the allegations against Ngcuka were linked to his investigations into allegations of corruption against the then deputy president Jacob Zuma.

As individuals acting against Ngcuka, the two were seen as allies by the Zuma camp.

Moonsamy is now working in the office of one of Zuma's key supporters, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, as a media specialist.

Vincent Magwenya has been appointed acting spokesperson to the president. Thabo Masebe, who was Zuma's acting spokesperson, is set to go back to Gauteng where he was director for communication.

Magwenya has extensive experience in journalism.

Beginning at Reuters in 1993, he has also worked for Worldwide Television News, Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the SABC.

Most recently he worked for Standard Bank Group as its senior manager: media relations Africa and international.