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sapsSunday Tribune reports that several disgruntled staff members at the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) have challenged the appointment of the watchdog’s deputy director, claiming she is unqualified for the post.  

The employees have pointed out that the minimum requirement for the job was a diploma, which Theresa Botha does not have.  She was appointed late last year and reportedly earns an annual salary of R612,222.  When contacted, Botha confirmed that she did not have any tertiary qualifications.  Ipid’s spokesperson Moses Dlamini rejected claims that processes were flouted when Botha was appointed and added:  “The Ipid appointed an independent external person to investigate grievances.  The outcome is pending the finalisation of the grievance process.  The Ipid awaits that outcome.”  On Botha’s qualifications, Dlamini said:  “She qualifies for the job she was appointed to.”  A complaint lodged after Botha’s appointment reads:  “It is unfair labour practice that people who qualify for the existing vacant post are now disadvantaged because of someone who does not even qualify for the post and without following due processes.”  The appointment of unqualified people to senior positions was one of the factors which rendered Ipid toothless, said another employee.

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