Public Protector might be wrong about Gordhan's appointment of Pillay

Public Protector might be wrong about Gordhan's appointment of Pillay

Last week, the Public Protector noted that Pravin Gordhan's appointment of Ivan Pillay was 'vague', considering the high level of his position at SARS. However, it seems as if this may well not be the case after all.

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Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane recently claimed that Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan had been mistaken when he appointed Ivan Pillay. reported that Mkhwebane had released a new set of adverse findings against the minister, claiming that he had acted against the Constitution when he established the SARS 'rogue unit'.

However, Pillay may well be perfectly equipped for the position he retired from early, prompting the initial probe into Gordhan.

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Mkhwebane had noted in her report that there had been no job description for the position of acting SARS commissioner. Nevertheless, she claimed that the minister's appointment of Pillay had been based “solely on Mr Pillay’s previous experience and acquired skill is vague considering the level of the position”.

The Citizen reports that Andrew Levy, director of Andrew Levy Employment, says that when a specific qualification is needed, when called for by a position, it would amount to a barrier in employing an unqualified barrier:

“Unless you have tremendous, tremendous experience in a very small niche area and it would take a long time to train someone from scratch, the employer would tend at the point of hiring to favour the person with some qualification.”

While Pillay does not have the qualifications that Mkhwebane demands but fails to specify, he has spent a massive amount of time in the sector.

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