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durbanSunday Tribune reports that 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 allegedly employed as a domestic worker, was appointed on 25 December 2016 with a R50,000 monthly salary on a T17 grading equivalent to that of a senior manager.  Two highly placed sources alleged that Ncayiyane’s duty was to attend to mayor Zandile Gumede’s needs and was apparently often seen carrying the mayor’s handbag at events.  But, they indicated that she had been shuffled to other units within the municipality after questions were raised by fellow employees about her qualifications and appointment.  Mayoral spokesperson Mthunzi Gumede said there was no such person in Gumede’s office, but could not confirm if she worked elsewhere within the municipality.  He did concede that an offer of employment was made to Ncayiyane, and said she had turned it down.  Ncayiyane’s case is not the only high level investigation currently underway in the city.  An investigation into more than 7,000 Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) ghost employees is apparently also underway.  A leaked report reveals that more than double the usual EPWP salaries was paid to the ghost employees.

  • Read this report by Nabeelah Shaikh and Siphelele Buthelezi in full at Sunday Tribune

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