Mayor’s PA rapped over the knuckles and reappointed

2010-12-07 00:00

ONE down, 12 to go.

This is the outcome of Msunduzi Municipality’s disciplinary process for one of its suspended employees, while the fate of another 12 hangs in the balance.

The Witness understands that Jennifer Anderson — who was the mayor’s personal assistant before she was suspended in July — faced a disciplinary hearing on Friday morning. She was found guilty of certain irregularities, but the charges were not strong enough for her to be dismissed and she is due to return to work today.

According to the charge sheet, Anderson was suspended for the following reasons:

• Using a council-owned vehicle on various dates from May to July without prior permission;

• Failure to adhere to council policy that states that municipal vehicles should not be used outside working hours and not be taken to an employee’s place of residence;

• Failure to perform official duties in a diligent manner and exceeding the speed limit while behind the wheel of the said vehicle; and

• Entering into a verbal contract with a silk flowers supplier without following proper procurement processes.

The Witness has learned that the flowers formed part of the decorations in the mayor’s parlour.

A document titled “Confirmation of Findings of Disciplinary Enquiry” states: “In the interest of all parties and to save cost, time [and] service delivery at large, and also due to the accused’s upstanding reputation in the municipality, a settlement agreement was struck as the charges did not warrant a dismissal, and a final warning issued for [six] months to remain on her file.”

At this stage, details of the settlement agreement are not clear and Anderson opted not to comment when contacted.

City hall insiders who spoke to The Witness on condition of anonymity were shocked that Anderson would be returning in spite of the guilty verdict.

A document attached to the charge sheet states that there will be no changes to Anderson’s position when she returns and her salary grade is expected to remain the same.

Earlier this year, The Witness reported that Anderson had an altercation with councillor Zonke Mbatha that led to the opening of an assault charge. The matter was settled internally.

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