Tshwane Executive Mayor Solly Msimanga has been exonerated from any wrong doing in the appointment of former chief of staff Ms Marietha Aucamp.

Investigations into Aucamp’s appointment as Chief of Staff revealed that she misrepresented her qualifications by stating that she had a B-Tech degree.

Msimanga and his City manager briefed the media on the outcome of an investigation into Ms Aucamp’s controversial appointment.

Out of 17 candidates that applied for the Chief of Staff post at Tshwane Metro, Marietha Aucamp was among the two that did not meet the requirements.

Despite this she was appointed to the post, at a R1.2 million salary per annum two years ago.

The outcome of the investigation into her appointment revealed that she was unqualified.

Tshwane City Manager, Moeketsi Mosola says, “The chief of staff has been found to have misrepresented her qualifications by stating that she has a B-Tech degree on a competency assessment form that she submitted. The appointment on an acting capacity or a contract was irregular and not in line with the job requirements of our policies.”

Msimanga claims that HR officials didn’t inform him that Ms Aucamp was unfit for the post.

Msimanga says, “Ms Aucamp at the time could read the manifesto of the DA inside out, understood what needs to happen, understood processes of council and that’s why she was scored .”

Ms Aucamp publicly stated that mayor Msimanga was aware of her lack of qualifications. But Msimanga puts the blame on the municipality’s Human Resources department.

Aucamp was subsequently forced to resign from her position.