Following a week of special leave amid reports that she was illegally appointed‚ the City of Tshwane’s chief of staff Marietha Aucamp has tendered her resignation.

“I note that Ms Marietha Aucamp has formally tendered her resignation from her position as the chief of staff in the office of the executive mayor of Tshwane after having been asked to do so.

“I wish to state that I accept her resignation and will inform the office of the city manager‚ to whom the chief of staff reports‚ so as to observe all die process in this regard‚” said Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga.

The mayor said he had no alternative but to ask her to resign.

“We note that following the revelations that have come to the fore‚ the prima facie evidence before us and the controversy surrounding the matter‚ as the executive mayor‚ I had no option but to ask her to resign.” he said.

In a statement Aucamp sent by text this evening, she said she was saddened to see Msimanga being “blamed and dragged” and would vacate her position to eliminate any doubt towards the mayor.

“It was sad for me to see the executive mayor, who has run a clean campaign, took transparent decisions and acted only in the interest of the city, being blamed and dragged into this debate whilst not having any part in any wrongdoing. I cannot continue in my job knowing that my appointment creates doubt on the executive mayor’s alleged involvement.”

“I therefore tender my resignation to the city with effect from 31 May 2018.”

Msimanga has been embroiled in a ‘jobs-for-pals’ scandal after it was revealed that he was part of an interview panel that appointed Aucamp in November 2016. But Aucamp, who only has a matric, did not meet the minimum requirements of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification.

She was however scored the highest by Msimanga and MMC of Corporate and Shared Services Cilliers Brink. Former acting city manager Lindiwe Kwele was also part of the panel.

“It was never a secret that I don’t have a tertiary qualification. Did it make me cautious on decisions? Yes. Did it make me feel inferior at times? Yes, it did. I checked and consulted all the time before making decisions. Every day I went to the office, I was always aware of my shortcoming.

“I was, however, able to make up for shortcomings due to my knowledge of the executive mayor’s vision, which is to make this city a place where everyone deserved the same quality of services with the opportunity to work, earn a living and have a place to call home,” she said. ')}

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Following a week of special leave amid reports that she was illegally appointed‚ the City of Tshwane’s chief of staff Marietha Aucamp has tendered her resignation. “I note that Ms Marietha Aucamp has formally tendered her resignation from her position as the chief of staff in the office of the executive...