EFF de­mands Tsh­wane chief of staff be sacked

‘Au­camp doesn’t qual­ify for post’

Sowetan - - News - By Neo Goba

The EFF in the City of Tsh­wane have or­dered mayor Solly Msi­manga to axe his chief of staff for mis­lead­ing the metro about her qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Ma­ri­etha Au­camp, who has been placed on spe­cial leave, was al­legedly earn­ing R1.2mil­lion per an­num since the DA took over the metro in Novem­ber 2016, but the EFF have es­tab­lished that she did not qual­ify for the po­si­tion and wants her to ac­count.

“We ve­he­mently re­ject the de­ci­sion by the ex­ec­u­tive mayor to place Ms Au­camp on spe­cial leave, we de­mand her im­me­di­ate dis­missal and that she pays back the salary that she has re­ceived from Septem­ber 2016 un­til now,” said EFF Tsh­wane chair­man Ben­jamin Disoloane.

“Peo­ple must be hired based on their qual­i­fi­ca­tions meet­ing the requirements. If they re­spond with ar­ro­gance, they will see our [EFF] ar­ro­gance,” Disoloane told Sowe­tan.

Yes­ter­day, the EFF “stormed” into a may­oral com­mit­tee meet­ing to call for the removal of Au­camp, which then prompted the act­ing city man­ager in con­sul­ta­tion with Msi­manga, to place her on spe­cial leave pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Although Selby Bok­aba, the ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor for strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions in the city, ad­mit­ted that Au­camp did not hold any qual­i­fi­ca­tions, he said they still needed to ver­ify facts sur­round­ing her claim that she had a B-Tech.

“There was an over­sight on the ad­vert [for the po­si­tion of chief of staff] and it should have spec­i­fied that a Bach­e­lor’s de­gree or equiv­a­lent qual­i­fi­ca­tions and/or ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The mayor had to ap­point a per­son that he knows, trusts

and shares his po­lit­i­cal vi­sion, and chief of staffs are po­lit­i­cal ap­point­ments,” said Bok­aba.

“In her cur­ricu­lum vi­tae, she states that her high­est qual­i­fi­ca­tion is a ma­tric cer­tifi­cate, which she ob­tained in 1995.

“It is now al­leged that there’s a form which she filled, and un­der qual­i­fi­ca­tion she’s got a B-Tech [qual­i­fi­ca­tion] and that is where the is­sue is.”

Bok­aba de­fended the in­ter­view panel and said they were not mis­led by Au­camp but in­stead, she mis­led the as­sess­ment process which was con­ducted by the Depart­ment of Co­op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs where she filled in writ­ing that she had a higher

qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Solly Msi­manga

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