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I've not been dismissed, insists Amanda Nair

Nair, the former Pikitup MD, had been on special leave since July, facing allegations of corruption.

Pikitup garden site in Linden. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Pikitup's former Managing Director Amanda Nair insists she has not been fired, after her contract was terminated with immediate effect.

The Pikitup board says it took the decision due to an irretrievable breakdown of trust, and cited what it calls 'increasingly vexatious, politicised and hostile' correspondence with her.

The board says settling the remainder of Nair's contract is the only legal and cost-effective way to end the employment relationship, as it believes the ongoing investigation against her could take longer than expected.

Nair had been on special leave since July, facing allegations of corruption and maladministration.

The former managing director says she received a letter from Pikitup last night informing her that her contract had been terminated.

"My contract ends in September 2017, and in essence what Pikitup has done is it accelerated the expiry date of my contract to immediate. They have undertaken to pay me out the balance of my contract, but I have not been dismissed."

Nair says the disciplinary proceedings against her at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration have now fallen away.

She says Pikitup's assertion that there's been an irreversible breakdown of trust is unfair because she hasn't been found guilty.

But the board insists that terminating Nair's contract is in the best interests of the company, the City of Johannesburg and its residents.