Council to investigate mishandling of confidential recruitment forms loaded into a bakkie

Council to investigate mishandling of confidential recruitment forms loaded into a bakkie

- Confidential recruitment forms were loaded into the back of an open bakkie, photos of which were circulated on social media

- The photos caused concern among the public, and the City of Tshwane has launched an internal investigation

- The forms are believed to be related to applications for 581 operational positions within the council

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The City of Tshwane manager has called for an urgent internal investigation into the mishandling of confidential recruitment forms.

The forms were loaded haphazardly into the open back of a bakkie, according to photographs circulated on social media.

“The circulating pictures [on social media] are disturbing as they give an impression that this is how we handle sensitive and confidential information of job seekers,” City manager Dr Moeketsi Mosola said in a statement.

“I have called for an urgent investigation into this matter because this is not how we conduct our business. This is an isolated incident that we are treating with the urgency it deserves and [we] will soon report to the public on the outcome of our investigation.”

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A high number of applications were received for 581 operational posts, including posts for artisan assistants, which were advertised recently, according to City spokesperson Selby Bokaba.

The initial closing date for applications has been extended to 16:00 on April 9, while additional staff have been deployed to assist with the processing of the applications done at the offices.

“We had introduced the e-recruitment system previously to [prevent] potential applicants from queuing at our offices. However, we recently experienced some technical glitches with the system and are currently in the process of refining it to enable it to work optimally.”

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