Pretoria - ANC members in Tshwane have accused current mayor
Kgosientso Ramokgopa of trying to retain power by placing his supporters into
positions within the city ahead of his departure.
The members say Ramokgopa wants to make his replacement
Thoko Didiza a ceremonial mayor while he maintains influence and control of the
city after August 3.
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"RED's [regional executive directors] were given
contracts and now they have advertised more positions," a source speaking
on condition of anonymity told News24.
"Sputla is trying to rule from the grave and turning
Thoko into a ceremonial mayor."
This comes after 20 job advertisements were placed in the
media for senior positions.
They are for:
1. City Manager
2. Deputy City Manager (Strategic Development and
3. Deputy City Manager (Governance and support services)
4. Deputy City Manager (Infrastructure and community
5. Deputy City Manager (Service delivery and Co-ordination)
6. Group Chief Financial Officer
7. Chief of Audit Executive
8. SEH (Secretariat of Council)
9. SEH (Office of the Chief Whip)
10. SEH (Office of the Mayor)
11. SED (Community and business safety)
12. ED (Chief Disciplinary Specialist)
13. SED (Health and social development)
14. ED (Deputy Chief of Police)
15. ED (Emergency medical and ambulance services)
16. ED (Fire brigade services)
17. ED (Fresh produce market)
18. SED (Group property management)
19. SED (Re Aga Tshwane)
20. SED (Customer relations)
Another source said jobs were not supposed to be advertised
or long term contracts awarded on the eve of elections.
Room for manipulation
"In terms of the law, he is not allowed to fill any
posts on the eve of elections. Five months before elections, we can't have
appointment or advertisement of senior managers of municipalities, as well as
the awarding of long-term tenders and the sale of land. These are the last
kicks of a dying horse," said the source.
Another person said the adverts, with a closing date of July
21, leave too much room for manipulation. He said only the CVs of people who
favour Ramokgopa would be kept.
"They will only select the CVs of people they want to
head up the positions to ensure that when interviews are conducted it's their
people there. The positions were supposed to be advertised after the elections
to ensure Didiza can make her decisions without the influence or interference
of the current administration in the process," said the source.
Legadima Leso from Cogta said there was no law that
prohibits appointments but they are always linked to the term of office of the
person leading a particular municipality.
"Tshwane has advertised a number of positions but those
positions will not be filled now. They can only be filled after the elections.
They will assist the new manager when they come into office because there would
already be a process in place and they would get the CV's and just shortlist.
There is no way the current mayor can appoint anyone because it must be linked
to his term of office," said Leso.
Mayoral spokesperson Blessing Manale said there was nothing
sinister with the adverts. He said the vacancies were as a result of the
current term of office coming to an end.
“The CFO position was vacant, it was a long disciplinary
case. The City manager and deputy are all on five-year contracts. They started
in 2011 and their contracts are ending at the end of August. Those positions
will be filled after 30 days and the mayor won't be a councillor by the time
they are filled. It's not possible that he can be able to fill in those
positions himself,” said Manale.
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