The procedure in which the City of Tshwane’s new city manager Moeketsi Mosola was appointed is being questioned by many. Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga, is now being accused of not following due process and this could land him in serious trouble.

Mosola was appointed to the position on January 26 during a council meeting. Msimanga said Mosola was nominated for the position following a comprehensive and stringent nomination process.

The Mayor’s decision is being questioned after he decided to give Mosola the job, despite Mosola not having been on the initial shortlist. Five people were shortlisted for the position following interviews in 2016 but in January, four additional candidates were added after Msimanga said he was not satisfied with the initial list.

“The initial process started and the mayor was not happy with the names on the list. He asked the council to extend the process so that he could apply his mind. The panel then re-evaluated the pool of applicants and he [Mosola] was added,” said mayoral spokesperson Samkelo Mgobozi.

The ANC caucus in Tshwane is however crying foul over the process. ANC spokesperson Lesego Makhubela said Msimanga was supposed to re-advertise the position if he was not happy with the shortlisted candidates.

“The city did not re-advertise the position. The person did not apply for the position. They headhunted the person to be city manager and that is not allowed,” he said.

Mosola was chosen despite the fact that he has no local government experience and has fewer qualifications.

 

According to a Tshwane human resources department report dated January 26 and tabled in the council, the Tshwane job was advertised in July and September last year, 160 people applied and five were shortlisted for interviews in November; Mosola was not among those interviewed. After that another four candidates were shortlisted for interviews on January 23, which led to Mosola’s appointment three days later on a five-year contract. The report indicates that Mosola, 46, has an MA in economics from the University of Houston, is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Pretoria and has climbed Kilimanjaro. He was since 2009 the chief executive of Imperial Holdings’ tourism and passenger transport division and, before that, the CEO of South African Tourism, but has no local government experience.

When asked why Mosola was appointed despite not having knowledge of council operations or local government experience, Mgobozi said: “Some things are a requirement and others are an advantage.”