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Amanda Nair: Pikitup board had no choice but to remove me

The former Pikitup MD had been facing various allegations from Samwu and was placed on special leave in July.

Rubbish piles up on Louis Botha Avenue due to the ongoing strike action by Piki Tup. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Pikitup's former Managing Director (MD) Amanda Nair says the board had no choice but to remove her, as it had already lost the first round at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

The company announced today that it had terminated her contract with immediate effect, explaining that a disciplinary process would take too long.

Instead it paid her out for the remainder of her contract.

Nair had been facing various allegations from the South African Municipal Workers' Union(Samwu) and was placed on special leave.

The former MD says she understands why the board removed her.

"Why would the board be so keen to get me out of Pikitup? I would venture that one of the most important reasons would be my lack of popularity with the trade union, possibly."

She says she will take the future one step at a time.

"I think my reputation has been fairly damaged - irreparably perhaps. I think I am unemployable by view, but I am brave and I am courageous and I think it's something that I am not going to allow to set me back."

SAMWU 'VINDICATED' AFTER MONTHS OF CALLING FOR NAIR'S DISMISSAL

Meanwhile, Samwu says it has been vindicated now that Nair has been dismissed with immediate effect.

The union was ready to give testimony against Nair and had submitted a dossier containing evidence of corrupt activities that she was allegedly involved in.

Samwu's Papikie Mohale says they have been raising issues about Nair for some time.

"We even went on strike, we demanded a resignation, for the mere fact that we were not heard. Now we feel as though our demands have actually been met. However, we are not saying she should only be fired; there should be a criminal investigation that should be lodged against her."

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