Mayor dis­tances him­self from ap­point­ment of 'un­qual­i­fied' act­ing city man­ager

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PTsh­wane Mayor Solly Msi­manga has dis­tanced him­self from the ap­point­ment of Previn Goven­der as act­ing city man­ager. Msi­manga said that it was the prerog­a­tive of city Man­ager Moeketsi Mosola to name some­one to act in his place while he was away.

Msi­manga told News24 on Fri­day he would have queried the ap­point­ment with the City's coun­cil, but it was al­ready in re­cess when the de­ci­sion was made.

"There is a re­port which will be tabled to coun­cil soon, and some of those queries will be en­graved in it for its con­sid­er­a­tion," Msi­manga said.

Ear­lier this week, the ANC in Tsh­wane ac­cused the DA-led city of not tak­ing the pro­vi­sion of ser­vices se­ri­ously when ap­point­ing the act­ing city man­ager.

The ANC cau­cus said it was "dis­mayed, dis­ap­pointed and hor­ri­fied that the cor­rupt DA-led ad­min­is­tra­tion has re­leased a mem­o­ran­dum to staff and ap­pointed a fake, un­qual­i­fied and in­com­pe­tent chief of emer­gency Previn Goven­der to be the act­ing city man­ager while the em­bat­tled Dr Moeketsi Mosola is on leave".

The party ac­cused Goven­der of fak­ing his qual­i­fi­ca­tions. "Goven­der has mis­rep­re­sented his emer­gency and fire qual­i­fi­ca­tions and the in­sti­tu­tion in the United King­dom has in­di­cated to the South African Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Author­ity (SAQA) that Goven­der's qual­i­fi­ca­tions as out­lined in his CV are fake," the ANC's Le­sego Makhubela stated. The party claimed Goven­der was hired as part of the multi-party ar­range­ment of the DA and the African Chris­tian Demo­cratic Party (ACDP).

Msi­manga re­sponded by say­ing that he had pre­vi­ously raised is­sues sur­round­ing Goven­der's qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ac­cused the ANC of pol­i­tick­ing.

"This is not a new is­sue, and the ANC knows it." In May 2018, former coun­cil­lor Ma­ri­etta Au­camp was forced to re­sign from her po­si­tion as chief of staff at the City af­ter it was found she lied about hav­ing a de­gree.

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