Former PA reinstated but idle at city hall

2010-12-15 00:00

CITY ratepayers are footing the salary of an idle Msunduzi Municipality employee who, despite being reinstated last Monday, has been wandering about the city hall waiting to be placed.

Jennifer Anderson was the mayor’s personal assistant before she was suspended in July.

Charges against her were thaty she used a municipal vehicle without prior permission, used a municipal vehicle outside of normal working hours, failed to perform her job responsibilities as expected by exceeding the speed limit while driving the vehicle, and by-passed proper procurement procedures by entering into a verbal agreement for the supply of silk flowers for the mayor’s parlour.

Despite being found guilty, Anderson was ordered to return to work as the charges were not strong enough for her to be dismissed.

The Witness understands another PA was appointed as the mayor’s secretary during Anderson’s suspension.

When Anderson returned to work last Monday, she was allegedly told she would no longer occupy her previous position and would be placed somewhere else.

City hall insiders said Anderson has been spotted in the building on a daily basis and is reportedly frustrated that she has not been given work.

It has also been reported that Anderson is no longer listed on the municipality’s internal directory, which has added to her frustration.

Sources claim that when she came to work yesterday she was once again told to go home and return today as the council management were still looking for a position to appoint her to.

During Anderson’s disciplinary hearing on December 3, the following ruling was made by the presiding officer: “She is back at work on Monday December 6, 2010, with no changes to her position or salary grade.”

Some have interpreted this as meaning she returns as the mayor’s PA, while others have interpreted this as meaning that she returns in a position on a similar scale as the one she held before her suspension.

Attempts to have the municipality clarify the situation were not successful at the time of going to print.

When The Witness contacted Anderson she declined to comment.

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