Mayor’s assistant paid for no work

2011-03-02 00:00

THE Msunduzi Municipality mayor’s personal assistant, who was suspended in July last year and was reinstated in December, is still pacing up and down city hall corridors getting paid for doing nothing.

According to city hall insiders, the personal assistant yesterday threatened to stage a sit-in in the mayor’s parlour until she is instructed to do work or is sent to another department.

Jennifer Anderson was suspended for allegedly using a municipal vehicle without permission, using the vehicle outside normal working hours, speeding in the vehicle, and for bypassing procurement procedures by entering into a verbal agreement for the supply of silk flowers for the mayor’s parlour.

She was reinstated on December 6 and worked until December 23, when she went on leave until January 19. She was later sent on stress leave and returned to work yesterday.

According to city hall insiders, who declined to be named, Anderson kept being told to return the next day to work — until she went on stress leave.

Yesterday she demanded to be given work, but to no avail and she left the mayor’s parlour at 1 pm, said insiders.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma, said the issue of movement of staff is a delicate one, and urgent matters are receiving attention. “There has to be co-operation in the course of managing the process.”

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