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."
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
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
Bokaba said Msimanga had instituted an investigation into