Independent firm to probe fresh corruption claims against Pikitup boss

Samwu last month said it had new evidence to have criminal charges reinstated against Amanda Nair.

FILE: Striking Pikitup workers affiliated to Samwu embarked on an unprotected strike in the Johannesburg CBD, 10 March 2016. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng's Environment and Infrastructure Services Department says it will rope in an independent auditing firm to investigate fresh allegations of corruption against Pikitup's managing director, Amanda Nair.

Last month the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) said it had new evidence to have criminal charges reinstated against her after she was accused of fraud in 2014.

While the union has called for Nair's suspension, the department says it needs to follow proper procedure.

Spokesperson Matshidiso Mfikoe says, "We should be in a position to say 'we're suspending you'. We are sure that when we go to court, we're not going to be found wanting. Allow us a process to investigate."

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Meanwhile, City of Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau says although he won't pre-empt the outcome of a disciplinary process against striking Pikitup workers, he hopes there will be a favourable outcome.

The strike, which has been going on for almost a month now, has forced the city to employ private contractors at R1 million a day to remove refuse.

Tau addressed the media in Sandton earlier today.

Pikitup workers affiliated to Samwu have refused to go back to work despite court interdicts against their strike and threats of the 'no work no pay' principle by the employer.

They are demanding that wage disparities be resolved and that Nair be dismissed.

Tau says the strike has gone on for far too long.

Mfikoe also says enough is enough.

An estimated 4,000 workers are facing a disciplinary hearing set down from today until Thursday.