Pikitup’s MD placed on special leave pending internal hearing

Pikitup workers have gone on several illegal strikes demanding Amanda Nair be investigated.

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JOHANNESBURG - Pikitup's controversial Managing Director (MD), Amanda Nair, has been placed on special leave pending an internal hearing.

Johannesburg Water's MD, Lungile Dlamini, will be acting in her place from Monday.

Pikitup workers have gone on several illegal strikes since November, demanding that Nair be investigated for alleged corrupt activities.

The waste removal company's spokesperson, Jacky Mashapu, says Nair will be given a chance to clear her name, during her internal hearing.

"It would be wrong to suggest that that this is what the workers wanted. If you come up with very stringent processes of doing business, you might not be the 'darling' of everybody."

Mashapu says, "Workers should just allow the process to take its course, and they will see the light at the end of the tunnel. Amanda did not do anything wrong, in terms of interfering with work process of workers."

In April this year, workers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) ended a five-week strike after reaching an agreement with the employer.

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At the time, the chairperson of Pikitup's board, Trish Hanekom, said around 18 fresh allegations had been brought against Nair, who has previously been cleared of any wrongdoing.


Amanda Nair says she doesn't want to talk about the City of Johannesburg's decision to place her on special leave.

Pikitup announced today that it will establish an inquiry to investigate allegations levelled against Nair.

But the waste removal company says Nair hasn't done anything wrong-adding that placing her on special leave is only procedural.

While Nair says she will allow for the hearing to run its course, Samwu's Paul Tlhabang says they want further clarity from the company on this decision.

"We want to check [if it is] an extension of the special leave, was it a suspension or did she resign? Those are the [questions]; and what were the reasons this time."


Earlier this year, Samwu said it had new evidence to have criminal charges reinstated against Nair, 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.

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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.

Additional reporting by Masego Rahlaga