Tsh­wane mayor’s of­fice ‘rid­dled with ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties’

Pretoria News Weekend - - FRONT PAGE -

A NUM­BER of se­nior ap­point­ments in the of­fice of the mayor and speaker of Tsh­wane have been found to be ir­reg­u­lar.

A com­pre­hen­sive foren­sic re­port will be handed to the public pro­tec­tor on Mon­day as part of the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion by her of­fice into com­plaints sur­round­ing the ap­point­ment of se­nior of­fi­cials lodged by the ANC cau­cus in the city.

The first phase of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion led to the res­ig­na­tion of the former chief of staff in the of­fice of the mayor, Ma­ri­etha Au­camp.

The city man­ager’s of­fice re­leased the sec­ond phase of the find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions yes­ter­day.

It found, among other things, ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the ap­point­ments of Samkelo Mgob­ozi, ex­ec­u­tive head: may­oral public af­fairs and spokesper­son; Stefan Adriaan de Vil­liers, ex­ec­u­tive head: pri­vate of­fice of the ex­ec­u­tive mayor; and Matthew Ger­st­ner, who had acted as may­oral spokesper­son.

Mgob­ozi and De Vil­liers failed to meet the min­i­mum cri­te­ria for their po­si­tions, and should not have been short-listed, while Ger­st­ner was quoted as a spokesper­son when not an em­ployee of the city.

Ger­ald Shin­gange, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor: cor­po­rate and shared ser­vices, faces a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing for dis­re­gard­ing of­fi­cial staffing poli­cies. – Staff Reporter

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