Missing eThekwini mayor's PA found relaxing at aunt's house

2017-02-14 20:10
A KZN woman who was reported missing last week was found at her aunt's house on Monday afternoon. (Facebook.)

A KZN woman who was reported missing last week was found at her aunt's house on Monday afternoon. (Facebook.)

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Durban - Six days after the eThekwini mayor’s PA was reported missing, she was found relaxing at her aunt’s house in Harding on Monday afternoon.

“She said she was not taken by anyone. She went away voluntarily because she needed some time to think and clear her head,” a police officer with information about the case said on Tuesday.

On Friday, police appealed to the media to help find Thabisile Ncayiyane, 34, the personal assistant to eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede.

She was last seen on Wednesday night, driving a white BMW 1 series. Her friends and relatives circulated pictures and a missing person’s poster on Facebook.

The Ilanga newspaper reported on Monday that Ncayiyane went missing after a breakdown in her working relationship with Gumede, allegedly over her job.

Members of the metro’s executive committee, particularly the DA, were allegedly not happy with her salary. She was apparently earning R60 000 a month, more than what some senior managers earned.

“I have been consistently questioning her appointment, but I am not sure what transpired that led to her disappearance,” KwaZulu-Natal DA leader Zwakele Mncwango said.

Mncwango believed Ncayiyane’s appointment was irregular.

Gumede’s spokesperson, Mthunzi Gumede, said the city was aware that Ncayiyane had been found, but refused to answer more questions.

“We are waiting to speak to her and meet with everyone before we can comment at this stage.”

News24 tried to contact Ncayiyane several times, but her phone rang unanswered. A relative said she was not ready to speak to the media.

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