- The eThekwini municipality has been rocked by yet another scandal involving fraudulent official salaries
- A woman described as mayor Zandile Gumede’s ‘domestic helper’ is being investigated after it emerged she earned a monthly salary of R50 000, the same as senior management
- Thabisile Ncayiyane is being investigated because she does not have the relevant experience or education to qualify for the salary she allegedly received.
The eThekwini municipality has been rocked by yet another scandal involving the mayor and allegations of fraudulent or improper official salaries. A woman who was employed personally by Mayor Zandile Gumede is being investigated after it emerged she earned a monthly salary of R50 000, the same as what senior managers in the municipality earn.
Thabisile Ncayiyane was appointed by the mayor in late December of 2016 as her personal domestic worker/personal helper. Sources claim Ncayiyane’s duties included attending to the wants and needs of Gumede.
The investigation into Ncayiyane centres on her bloated salary, which according to her employment contract was on T17 scale. This salary is reserved for senior managers and Ncayiyane simply does not have the required experience or education to qualify for that salary scale.
Briefly.co.za gathered that just before the investigation was launched Ncayiyane was moved to at least two other departments within the municipality.
IOL.co.za reported that a Sunday paper claims to have seen a copy of Ncayiyane’s contract of employment including the T17 salary grade. Despite this claim, the municipality has rubbished the allegation.
The mayor’s spokesperson Mthunzi Gumede said the mayor did not have a personal helper or domestic helper. Gumede said Ncayiyane was offered a position with the municipality but she rejected the offer.
Gumede could not confirm or deny whether Ncayiyane worked in a different department within the municipality.
Meanwhile, an investigation into 71 so-called ghost workers at the municipality’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) has been launched.
It is alleged that a senior administrator who is responsible for reviewing time sheets and payment rates fraudulently claimed payments for 71 workers who he could later not provide contracts for.
The administrator allegedly claimed daily rates of between R500 and R2 000 per day for these 71 workers while the ordinary rate per day for such employees is R130.
The investigation has found that the administrator in question is living a lifestyle which he cannot possibly fund through his monthly salary.
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