Marietha Aucamp, the chief of staff in the office of Tshwane Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga, has resigned.

In a press statement she says it was sad that Mayor Solly Msimanga, who has run a clean campaign, was blamed and dragged into the controversy of her appointment while not having any blame.

She admits that she doesn’t have a tertiary degree and says that she didn’t submit the form which states she has a B-Tech degree. Aucamp says she felt inferior at times because of her lack of a tertiary education but believed she made up for that short coming with her knowledge of  Msimanga’s vision.

Her last working day will be the end of the month.

Earlier, the ANC in Tshwane said it is laying charges of fraud against Aucamp, after she allegedly lied when applying for her current job, saying she had a B-Tech degree, which she allegedly doesn’t have.

She is allegedly earning a salary of R1.2 million per year. The ANC leader in the council, Mapiti Matsena, says Executive Mayor Msimanga was also part of the interviewing panel, and gave her the highest marks, while he was allegedly not allowed to participate.

The City is currently investigating the matter and Msimanga said he will resign if it is found that he flouted the rules. Tshwane ANC spokesperson, Lesego Makbubela says Msimanga broke the rules.

“The position she was given which she is not qualified for, which they had to break the law for, puts her directly in the office of the mayor so that she babysit’s the puppet. Ensure that the puppet is on the string and toes the party line and that is why we always said, Solly is not the mayor of Tshwane, Marietha is the mayor of Tshwane.”