THE apparent shortage of resources and relevant personnel has resulted in the employment of a person who is only left with a few months of work before going on retirement.
The Makhuduthamaga municipality in Jane Furse, Sekhukhune, in Limpopo, has employed Tsoaledi Samuel Mphethi, 59, to the position of deputy director for community services responsible for traffic with effect from July 1.
Mphethi will be turning 60 in February. But the municipality believes he is in possession of rare skills that no one in the province can match.
The official was allegedly appointed to the position despite the fact that he was not in possession of relevant qualifications.
The advert for the job said that it required candidates with matric and a diploma in traffic management.
But Mphethi, who only has a Standard 8 (Grade 10) and a certificate called Ordinance of 1966 which he acquired in 1972, got the nod.
The National Road Traffic Act of 1996 was also overlooked in the process, said a source.
Prior to the recent appointment, Mphethi worked as a traffic inspector.
"During his interview, two of the panelists were Mphethi's referees in his curriculum vitae," claimed the source who added that the referees declined to excuse themselves from the interviewing panel.
Municipal spokesperson Advocate Maabane said yesterday Mphethi cannot be "written off" because they had struggled to find a suitable candidate .