Mayor's helper who was paid R50k is employed by public works programme

Mayor's helper who was paid R50k is employed by public works programme

- South Africans were shocked to find out a young woman was allegedly earning R50 000 a month without the required qualifications

- The eThekwini Mayor, Zandile Gumede, as well as the young woman, denies the allegations

- There are allegations of "ghost workers" being employed and their salaries shared amongst officials

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Thabisile Ncayiyane was described as mayor Zandile Gumede’s ‘domestic helper’ and it emerged she earned a monthly salary of R50 000, the same as senior management

Briefly.co.za reported Thabisile Ncayiyane is being investigated because she does not have the relevant experience or education to qualify for the salary she allegedly received.

Now The Daily Sun reports the woman denies ever working for the mayor or earning R50 000 a month.

Ncayiyane is employed by the expanded public works programme - where employees are mostly cleaners who earn R130 per day.

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The eThekwini municipality confirmed that Ncayiyane works for the programme. Mayor Gumede also denies that the 36-year old works in the mayoral office.

Municipal spokesman Mandla Nsele stated that "ghost employees" are being investigated and actions will be taken against those involved.

Ncayiyane's name is on the list of "ghost employees". There are apparently 3 officials involved in hiring these "ghost employees" and then sharing their salaries among themselves.

There are allegedly 71 of these fictional employees 'working' for the municipality.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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