Au­camp re­cruit­ment ‘flawed’

Ev­i­dence Tsh­wane’s hu­man re­source of­fi­cials did not fol­low pro­ce­dures, poli­cies and pro­cesses

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - News - KUTULLO MADISHA ku­tul­lom@afro­tone.co.za

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.

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LOOP HOLES: Moeketsi Mosola city man­ager of Tsh­wane, with mayor Solly Msi­manga.

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