Aucamp recruitment ‘flawed’
Evidence Tshwane’s human resource officials did not follow procedures, policies and processes
THE recruitment of former chief of staff at the city of Tshwane, Marietha Aucamp, has exposed loopholes in the city’s human resources system, city manager Moeketsi Mosola, admitted yesterday.
Mosola was speaking at the release of the findings of a probe by the city which found that Aucamp had misrepresented her qualifications claiming that she had a Btech degree when she only had a matric.
“There was also evidence that the city’s human resource officials did not follow our procedures and policies and actively side stepped our processes to effect the appointment,” he said.
Three officials implicated in the unlawful appointment will be subjected to a disciplinary leading to consequence management.
Moeketsi had commissioned an urgent investigation following rumours that the Aucamp, misrepresented her qualifications following her appointment on September 1.
She was first appointed on a temporary basis as chief of staff, a position which the city manager said she ought not have been appointed to.
“The investigation report stated that 17 applicants applied for the position. Of the 17, only two did not meet the academic requirement including Aucamp.
“Examination of the recruitment file obtained revealed that there was no shortlisting and scoring matric report. It was during the shortlisting meeting that a decision to consider Aucamp was taken, despite the qualification gap,” Mosola said.
Mosola said the report was just phase one of the investigation and findings of phase two would be released at a latter stage.
It was conducted by “the city independent audit chief executive”.
Aucamp resigned from her job in May amid reports that she only had a matric certificate while the job description required candidates to have “a relevant bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification” as well as 12 years of experience‚ of which five had to be at senior management level.
The city said it would seek legal opinion on how to handle the matter going forward as Aucamp was no longer an employee,
The probe cleared mayor Solly Msimanga of any impropriety.
Msimanga who had earlier promised to resign if he was implicated in any wrong saying yesterday said he was not going to resign as he was innocent.
“The investigation clearly stated that I had nothing to do with the appointment nor (was I) inappropriately linked. So I don’t have a need to resign and that is where it ends,” he said.
LOOP HOLES: Moeketsi Mosola city manager of Tshwane, with mayor Solly Msimanga.