A Merafong municipal clerk requested a position as manager and the municipal manager, Lucky Leseane, offered him the position without any qualms.
Sowetan is in possession of correspondence between Ramothobi Letheya and Leseane related to the appointment.
Officials who spoke to Sowetan on condition of anonymity said the morale was low among staff members because of the "irregular appointment".
"They could have at least advertised the post even though they knew who they wanted for that position," said a staff member.
Letheya wrote a letter to Leseane titled "Request for filling of vacant post".
Leseane duly approved the "request" and appointed Letheya. "We have pleasure in confirming your appointment as an employee of Merafong City Local Municipality. You are appointed in the position of manager in the office of the chief whip," wrote Leseane.
Leseane said: "Any staff member who feel the appointment is irregular should come to my office and I will investigate."