DA in hot water again after Msimanga's unqualified staff appointment

DA in hot water again after Msimanga's unqualified staff appointment

- Mayor of Tshwane has appointed a chief of staff that is not qualified to do the job

- The Mayor has claimed to be unaware of Aucamp's lack of qualification, but documents proved that he interviewed her personally

- Aucamp has been put on leave while an investigation is done

On Wednesday the DA walked away from court shame-faced after De Lille was reinstated as the Mayor of Cape Town and now, not even a day later, they are in the news again.

This time it is alleged that the DA has appointed Marietha Aucamp as the chief of staff for Mayor Solly Msimanga, despite her lack of required qualifications for the post.

Aucamp's post is an important job and comes with a yearly salary of R1.2 million.

According to the job advertisement for chief of staff, the applicant must have a bachelor's degree or a qualification that is similar or higher.

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In case of an applicant not having this qualification, it is possible for the municipality to apply for a waiver from the minister of co-operative governance, but no such application has been made in regard to Aucamp.

There are no qualifications mentioned on Aucamp's CV, but it does state that she was the acting chief of staff for Msimanga. Aucamp also served as chief whip of the Democratic Alliance in Tshwane.

Sam Mgobozi, Mayor Msimanga's spokesperson, has told the media that the mayor was not involved in any of the recruitment that was done and that he knew nothing of any irregularities.

The executive mayor was never and has never been involved in the recruitment process of any senior manager outside of the accounting officer, which is the city manager.

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However, documents have surfaced that not only shows that Msimanga was aware of Aucamp's recruitment, he was part of the interview panel that had to choose the next chief of staff.

One of these alleged documents shows that Msimanga had given Aucamp a score of 23, with other interviewers giving her 17 and 24.

It is also alleged that Moeketsi Mosola, city manager, has previously requested prove of qualifications from Aucamp.

The letter is believed to state that given the fact that Aucamp has been working for the city since 2016, she should submit documents that show her qualifications within 7 days. Aucamp has sent in her matric report in response.

According to the executive director for strategic communications for the City, Selby Bokaba, Msimanga has initiated an investigation.

For the time being, Aucamp has been put on leave, until the investigation has been completed.

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The executive mayor has requested the City manager to conduct an urgent investigation into this matter and Aucamp has since been placed on special leave.

With so much of the DA members' dirty laundry being brought to hang in public, South Africans can't help but wonder what will happen next.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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