Allegations of corruption against Pikitup boss to be probed

Striking Pikitup workers want Managing Director Amanda Nair dismissed.

Rubbish has been strewn on the streets of Johannesburg following another violent demostration in the city. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg says an investigating officer will now probe allegations of corruption against Pikitup Managing Director Amanda Nair and have urged workers with any information to come forward.

South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) members have refused to go back to work, demanding that wage disparities be resolved and that Nair be dismissed.

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

City of Johannesburg MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services' Matshidiso Mfikoe says although an investigation is underway, she sees no reason to dismiss Nair.

"They are going to be given information, but still any person that has information must get in touch."

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Last year, Nair was cleared by the High Court of any wrongdoing relating to the same matter.

About 4,000 striking employees, who have ignored two court interdicts and three notices of dismissal for failing to return to work, are now undergoing a disciplinary hearing which is scheduled to end tomorrow.


Last month, Samwu said it had new evidence to have criminal charges reinstated against her after she was accused of fraud in 2014.

In February 2014, Pikitup's board of directors decided to take disciplinary action against Nair for her alleged role in awarding a tender worth R263 million.

She's alleged to have awarded the three-year Yellow Plant tender to Aqua Transport Plant Hire, a firm implicated in fraud and corruption.


According to media reports, Nair was arrested last year, for alleged theft of the company's official cellphones, which were irregularly issued to her and her children.

She was arrested along with Donovan Denyssen, who was working in the IT department at the time.

Denyssen allegedly gave the cellphones to Nair and a close relative without following the proper procedure.