Mayor’s helper ‘earns R50k’

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - NABEELAH SHAIKH and SIPHELELE BUTHELEZI

A WOMAN de­scribed as “the mayor’s helper” is at the cen­tre of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter it emerged that she did not have the rel­e­vant qual­i­fi­ca­tions or ex­pe­ri­ence to take up a se­nior man­ager’s post at the eThek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Thabisile Ncayiyane, who was pre­vi­ously em­ployed as a do­mes­tic worker, was ap­pointed on Christ­mas Day two years ago, earns R50 000 per month.

In­de­pen­dent Me­dia has seen a copy of her signed of­fer of em­ploy­ment, dated De­cem­ber 25, 2016, on a T17 grad­ing – equiv­a­lent to that of a se­nior man­ager.

Two sources said she had been moved to sev­eral units within the mu­nic­i­pal­ity af­ter ques­tions were raised by fellow em­ploy­ees about her qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ap­point­ment.

A highly placed source said Ncayiyane’s duty was to at­tend to Mayor Zandile Gumede’s needs and was of­ten seen car­ry­ing the mayor’s hand­bag at events.

May­oral spokesper­son Mthunzi Gumede said there was no such per­son in Gumede’s of­fice and could not con­firm if she worked else­where within the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

Ncayiyane was con­tacted for com­ment and asked that ques­tions be emailed to her.

She did not re­spond at the time of go­ing to press.

Ncayiyane’s case was also high­lighted by Narendh Ganesh, of the po­lit­i­cal party Mi­nori­ties of South Africa, who wrote to the mayor’s of­fice and city man­ager Sipho Nzuza last week, en­quir­ing about her al­leged ir­reg­u­lar ap­point­ment.

Ganesh said that he did not re­ceive any feed­back.

How­ever, Ncayiyane’s case is not the only high-level in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­der way in the city.

More than 7 000 Ex­panded Pub­lic Works Pro­gramme ghost em­ploy­ees are also be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

In a leaked re­port, it was dis­closed that Xolani Vi­lane, an ad­min­is­tra­tion man­ager re­spon­si­ble for the pro­gramme al­legedly fraud­u­lently in­creased pay rates and filled up the pro­gramme with ghost em­ploy­ees. The in­for­ma­tion was con­tained in the sec­ond part of a foren­sic re­port into ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the pro­gramme.

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