PUBLIC protector Thuli Madonsela has been roped in to find out how a senior forensic investigator was appointed to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's internal audit division.
This follows allegations that the recruitment process was flawed.
The city's internal audit and risk assurance director, Bonnie Chan, was accused of allegedly wanting to hire a white employee, Werner Wiehart, as the assistant director for forensics and environment, despite former acting municipal manager Elias Ntoba's disapproval. Ntoba's successor, Themba Hani, said in August last year that the appointment would not only be against equity plans, but Wiehart did not have the required tertiary qualifications for the job.
Wiehart then lodged a complaint with the Public Service Commission (PSC), asking it to investigate the entire process to restore both his and Chan's reputations.
The commission has now referred the case to Madonsela, whose office indicated it would probe the matter.
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