Mayor’s PA warned of possible suspension

2010-07-21 00:00

THE personal assistant of the Msunduzi mayor is in hot water following revelations that she is likely to be suspended for abusing council property.

Jennifer Anderson is being investigated after she allegedly used the official back-up vehicle of the mayor last Thursday for personal reasons without permission.

Anderson was allegedly hauled over the coals on Friday following her actions, and was apparently given a letter that stated that the municipality is considering suspending her.

City hall insiders said Anderson was in tears after getting the letter and has not been to work since then.

The Witness understands that Anderson is going to be charged with contravening the administrator’s directive with regard to the abuse of municipal vehicles.

In April, The Witness reported that Msunduzi administrator Johann Mettler had put new measures in place in an effort to clamp down on the rampant abuse of municipal vehicles.

In terms of those measures, all municipal employees will no longer be allowed to use council vehicles outside normal working hours and they are forbidden to take any council vehicles home.

The measures also state that it is up to the relevant managers to ensure that all municipal vehicles are kept safely and securely; the rules also apply to vehicles rented by the municipality.

When The Witness contacted Anderson yesterday, she said she could not comment on the matter.

Marketing and communications manager Brian Zuma said Anderson “has been given a letter of intent to suspend her”.

“She was given seven days to respond as to why she should not be suspended.”

Zuma said the case against Anderson has to do with her alleged abuse of a council vehicle.

“She cannot report for work during the seven days an investigation is [being] instituted,” Zuma added.

Anderson is no stranger to controversy.

A few months ago, The Witness reported that she laid an assault charge against former executive committee member Zonke Mbatha for allegedly slapping her following a war of words in the mayor’s parlour.

It is not clear how the matter proceeded as the issue was eventually handled internally.

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