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The EFF in Tshwane interrupted a mayoral committee sitting on Wednesday, calling for the immediate dismissal of the City's chief of staff Marietha Aucamp, who has been embroiled in a qualifications scandal.

City of Tshwane spokesperson Selby Bokaba confirmed that members of the EFF walked in on a mayoral committee sitting and requested a meeting with Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga.

EFF Tshwane chairperson Benjamin Disoloane in a statement said that members of the EFF staged a peaceful protest at the sitting to demand Aucamp's immediate dismissal. 

"We vehemently reject the decision by the executive mayor to place Ms Aucamp on special leave. We demand her immediate dismissal and that she pays back the salary that she has received from September 2016 until now," said Disoloane.

"We have on several occasions in the council raised complaints about Ms Aucamp and MMC (member of the mayoral committee) Cilliers Brink. We questioned why Ms Aucamp was allowed to sit and chair committees which did not fall under her responsibility.

"Moreover, we raised concerns when the new macro structure proposed that Ms Aucamp must no longer report directly to the city manager, who is the accounting officer of the municipality and in charge of its administration, and all employees of the municipality are accountable to the city manager in line with the Municipal Systems Act."

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Disoloane said this amounted to an illegal attempt to allow Aucamp to report directly to Msimanga, and that it was a clear indication of the DA administration undermining the City manager.

"In our view, Ms Aucamp was appointed without qualifications as chief of staff in the mayor's office purely on the basis that she is white and a former chief whip of the DA in council in order to monitor and micro manage the executive mayor together with her ally, MMC Cilliers Brink."

The EFF has also called on Msimanga to immediately remove Brink and suspend the officials in the HR department who were involved in the hiring of Aucamp.

On Wednesday the City of Tshwane placed Aucamp on special leave while it investigates her appointment and qualifications she listed on an assessment form for the position.

News24 reported that Aucamp was appointed to the position, in which she earns an annual salary of R1.2m, even though she did not have the required qualifications.

Bokaba said Msimanga had instituted an investigation into the matter.


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