Mayor’s helper ‘earns R50k’
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.