Msimanga did not apply his mind to the appointment of Aucamp - Public Protector

2019-05-24 21:08
(File, Palesa Dlamini)

(File, Palesa Dlamini)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has found that former Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga failed to apply his mind in the appointment of Marietha Aucamp, the City’s chief of staff, whose appointment was irregular.

In her report, released on Friday, Mkhwebane said Aucamp's appointment was irregular. She added that Msimanga should have reasonably known that Aucamp did not have a post-matric qualification.

"He should have obtained legal advice from his officials on the appropriate way to appoint staff in his office," Mkhwebane said.

READ: City of Tshwane chief of staff Marietha Aucamp resigns

"Instead, he allowed the officials to follow the normal recruitment and selection process, including placing educational requirements and experience that Ms Aucamp did not possess, therefore prejudicing other candidates who were best qualified for the position."

Mkhwebane also found the appointment of mayoral spokesperson Samkelo Mgobozi and executive head Stefan de Villiers to be irregular.

She did not recommend remedial action on the appointment of Mgobozi and De Villiers, as the City of Tshwane had already taken steps to reverse the irregular appointments.

This was also the case with Aucamp, who resigned in 2018.

News24 previously reported that Aucamp had resigned at the behest of Msimanga. The mayor said that revelations and prima facie evidence had come to the fore, leaving him no option but to ask Aucamp to step down.

READ: Prima facie evidence against City of Tshwane chief of staff, says Msimanga

At the time, Msimanga wrote to the city manager to institute an audit of qualifications for all officials in the City who held management positions.

Mkhwebane added that the City had failed to implement adequate record management controls and that human resources had failed to provide proper guidance and advice to the City regarding the suitability and appointment of Aucamp, Mgobozi and De Villiers.

In her recommendations, the Public Protector recommended that a policy be developed to regulate the appointment of staff in the private offices of the executive mayor, and also that disciplinary action be taken against implicated officials who flouted, subverted or violated the City’s staffing policy.

Misleading the public

Mkhwebane also addressed a second complaint against Msimanga that he misled the public by making pronouncements on banning the use of blue lights in the city, the utilisation of a fleet of BMWs by members of the mayoral committee, and the reconstitution of the mayoral committee.

She found that all these allegations were unsubstantiated.

Read more on:    da  |  solly msimanga  |  marietha aucamp
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.