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Msimanga's chief of staff Marietha Aucamp resigns

Aucamp had been placed on special leave on Wednesday after it emerged that she may have misrepresented her qualifications.

Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga's chief of staff Marietha Aucamp. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Marietha Aucamp has resigned as Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga's chief of staff.

Aucamp had been placed on special leave on Wednesday after it emerged that she may have misrepresented her qualifications.

In a statement released on Thursday evening, the mayor says he asked her to resign and has accepted her resignation.

Spokesperson Samkelo Mgobozi said: “The mayor notes the resignation by Aucamp as the chief of staff and we will dutifully inform the office of the city manager to ensure she files the report.”

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Earlier on Thursday, the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) called for Aucamp to pay back any money she earned from the City of Tshwane if she’s found guilty of misrepresenting her qualifications.

Samwu said the advert for the post clearly indicated that candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree and 12 years’ experience, with five years at senior management level.

Samwu regional secretary Mpho Tladinyane said Aucamp did not meet these requirements, adding that those involved in the interviewing panel, including Msimanga, should be held criminally liable for what it calls a fraudulent appointment.

“All the money the city has lost through paying salaries and those things must be recouped from that person. What she did was fraud. You can’t claim to be in a position of a certain qualification when you’re not.”

Additional reporting by Qaanitah haunter.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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