Samwu wants charges against Pikitup boss reinstated

2016-02-08 17:54
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Johannesburg - The SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) said on Monday that it was in the process of ensuring that the criminal charges against Pikitup managing director Amanda Nair were reinstated.

"We are convinced that the criminal charges against her, which... [were] mysteriously dropped should be reinstated," deputy regional secretary Paul Tlhabang said.

Last year, Nair and another employee, Donovan Denyssen, were reportedly charged with theft. Denyssen allegedly gave Nair three company cellphones without following proper procedure. The charges were later dropped. 

Nair had previously been accused of awarding a R263m tender to Aqua Transport Plant Hire after the company was implicated in fraud.
Nair was suspended for a year and a new board of directors made the decision to reinstate her after she was cleared of wrongdoing. 

Samwu it said believed Pikitup management was doing all they could to protect Nair.

"We believe that these charges against her are serious and yet she is being protected while the Samwu members, shop stewards and leaders continue to be victimised by management," Tlhabang said.

He said their issues with the Pikitup management had not been resolved.

Tlhabang said Samwu was waiting for Nair to have her day in court.

Pikitup spokesperson Pansy Oyedele said management would wait for the law run its course. 

Oyedele told News24 that the charges against Nair were not dropped by Pikitup, the management, the board or the City of Johannesburg's leadership.

Oyedele said work areas which were missed last week on Thursday and Friday as a result of the "illegal work stoppage" by Samwu employees would be serviced as per the areas' normal refuse collection days.

However, Samwu has categorically denied that their members were on a strike last week.

The union said members merely "presented themselves... as witnesses" for a disciplinary case involving shop stewards who were questioning a recent recruitment process at Pikitup. 

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