- Marietha Aucamp is facing allegations of fraud and has been asked by the mayor of Thwane to resign
- Aucamp denies any fraud on her part and claims
- Aucamp will leave the post of chief of staff at the end of May
Mayor Msimanga has since the scandal referred to as "jobs for pals" surfaced, asked Aucamp to resign.
Aucamp is now being accused of fraud by the ANC because she was allegedly dishonest about her qualifications.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Aucamp was appointed the job of chief of staff when she was in actuallity not qualified for the post.
According to the report by Briefly.co.za, it was 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.
On Aucamp's resignation Msimanga said:
I note that Ms Marietha Aucamp has formally tendered her resignation from her position as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Executive Mayor of Tshwane after having been asked to do so.
I wish to state that I accept her resignation and will inform the office of the city manager to whom the chief of staff reports so as to observe all due process in this regard.
We note that following the revelations that have come to the fore, the prima facie evidence before us and the controversy surrounding the matter, as the Executive Mayor, I had no option but to ask her to resign.
From myself as the Executive Mayor we want to wish her well in all her future endeavours.
To rub salt in the wounds of the DA, the ANC is now claiming that Msimanga was under Aucamp's control.
Lesego Makhubela of the ANC claims that the Tshwane mayor, Solly Msimanga, was just a puppet in Marietha Aucamp's hands.
We have always said to you, Solly is not the mayor of Tshwane, but Marietha was the actual mayor. Marietha has been the boss of Solly for over 10 years.
She was the chief whip of the DA in council for over 10 years. Solly and other councillors were reporting to her.
Makhubela went on to insist that Aucamp had power and influence that she did not deserve. He claims that Msimanga was the puppet and Aucamp the puppet master.
She was placed there to babysit the puppet. She is the one who ensures that the puppet is on the string, toes the party line, telling him where to go and how to do certain things. This is why the DA has gone to great lengths, breaking the law.
When this administration was put into power, Marietha was a councillor of the DA. She was then appointed as an MMC, and we made an outcry that the executive which had been appointed was lily-white.
They then removed her and placed her directly in the office of the mayor. She was then given a position which she is not qualified for.
But whether or not these accusations are true, Aucamp's days in a senior post in Tshwane is over and she might have to face the court when the fraud investigation is over.
On Thursday Aucamp had released a statement to the media about her resignation.
It was sad for me to see the executive mayor, who has run a clean campaign, took transparent decisions and acted only in the interest of the city, being blamed and dragged into this debate whilst not having any part in any wrongdoing.
I cannot continue in my job knowing that my appointment creates doubt on the executive mayor’s alleged involvement.
I therefore tender my resignation to the city with effect from 31 May 2018.”
Aucamp also addressed her lack of qualifications:
It was never a secret that I don’t have a tertiary qualification. Did it make me cautious on decisions? Yes. Did it make me feel inferior at times? Yes, it did. I checked and consulted all the time before making decisions.
Every day I went to the office, I was always aware of my shortcoming.
I was, however, able to make up for shortcomings due to my knowledge of the executive mayor’s vision, which is to make this city a place where everyone deserved the same quality of services with the opportunity to work, earn a living and have a place to call home,”
About the allegations of her faking a BTech degree, Aucamp stated:
A number of allegations and documents have been making the rounds. I would like to state that I did not submit the form indicating that I possess a BTech degree.
The process of my appointment was through the stages of selecting a preferred candidate before I did the assessment for senior managers, which the assessment outcome wasn’t influenced by whether or not I had indicated in the form that I had a degree.
With the case of fraud against her now being investigated, Aucamp is yet another member of the DA that is walking away shame-faced.
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