MARK THE SPOT: A voter casts his vote at Boitshoko Secondary School polling station in Ikageng, Tlokwe, during a by-election in August this year. Picture: SOWETAN/SUNDAY WORLD
Picture: SOWETAN/SUNDAY WORLD

A BOGUS attorney who also masqueraded as a marketing director and senior lecturer, on Wednesday tried his luck at securing a critical post as a commissioner for the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

But he was no match for the high-powered interviewing panel led by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. The interviews aim to find a replacement for former commissioner Raenette Taljaard who resigned last year.

"Dr" Oupa Moshebi faced a panel comprising Justice Mogoeng, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, SA Human Rights Commissioner advocate Mohamed Shafie Ameermia and the deputy chairwoman of the Commission of Gender Equality, Thoko Mpumlwana.

Mr Moshebi, who was exposed as a bogus attorney in 2003, allegedly nominated himself for the post of IEC commissioner. In his curriculum vitae (CV) he claims he has a master’s degree and a doctorate, but no bachelor’s degree.

Mr Moshebi had also reportedly falsely presented himself as a marketing director for Jomo Cosmos. Mr Mogoeng and the panel extracted a number of concessions from Mr Moshebi about the false claims in his CV.

Ms Madonsela asked how he had obtained a master’s degree and a doctorate without a "base degree" or a bachelor’s. Mr Moshebi claimed he had obtained a host of certificates since 1998 and used these to enter postgraduate programmes. Ms Madonsela requested that Mr Moshebi provide the certificates and a copy of his matric certificate to the panel on Thursday.

Justice Mogoeng grilled him on how he had managed to complete three postgraduate qualifications in one year and a master’s in a few months. He also quizzed him about claims that he was a senior lecturer from 2003 to 2008 at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

In response to questions about his time as a lecturer, Mr Moshebi said he had made a "mistake" while writing his CV. "You never had a degree but you were a senior lecturer at UJ," Mr Mogoeng said.

Mr Moshebi conceded he had never been a senior lecturer.

He departed under a cloud, leaving the panel to interview the rest of the candidates.

On Wednesday six women (three white and three black) and six men (one white and five black) were interviewed for the post.

A round of interviews to replace Ms Taljaard has already been held, but Parliament directed the Presidency to ask that the process be rerun to ensure those selected were more gender and race representative, the four IEC commissioners are black males.

After the interviews the panel will make recommendations to Parliament which will select candidates to recommend to the president, who has the final say.