In a recent article by IOL, it was reported that “Stellenbosch municipality has been ordered to pay a settlement amount of R750 000” to Zenobia Campbell after she was unfairly “removed from an appointment”.
The article further notes that Zenobia, a Coloured female, had been replaced by an unqualified “white candidate who did not meet the criteria”
Zenobia’s battle started in 2016, when she was interviewed for the position of Senior LED Officer.
The interview panel had decided that she was the most qualified candidate for the position and as a result, she got the job.
However, in a report submitted at a special council meeting, it was found that the Director of Planning and Development, Dupré Lombaard, had scratched out her name and replaced it with the name of the unqualified, Melissa Nel.
The criteria for the position “included an NQF level 7 qualification with a minimum of seven years’ experience in local economic development and project management, and proven ability to run successful LED projects”
Zenobia’s “highest qualification was a BA Honours” with experience in rural development, land reform and development economics.
Nell, whose highest qualification is matric, did not meet any of these criteria.
Despite these irregularities, Labour Court Judge Hilary Rabkin-Naicker found that Lombaard could not be charged with any irregularities.
This is not however the first time that he has been accused of irregularities.
In 2017, he was implicated in a forensic report which stated that he been involved in financial misconduct to the tune of R4 million.
At the time, he was the acting municipal manager.
These financial irregularities were revealed during an investigation into racial discrimination.
The investigation came about after several employees accused the municipality of racially discriminating against persons of colour during a regrading process.
Source: www.IOL.co.za, other