More trouble for Pikitup MD

According to The Star, Pikitup was now requesting that Nair pay R33 237 for five cellphones and a tablet device- which she was unofficially issued.

It reported that following a burglary at Nair’s home last year, three phones were issued to her temporarily for use by members of her household.

She later requested an additional phone and a tablet, which would allegedly be given as gifts to the son of Matshidiso Mfikoe – a member of the City of Joburg’s management committee responsible for environment and infrastructure services and Nair’s political boss.

However, when Pikitup cellphone administrators and IT staff found that the items were missing, an investigation was conducted. The report that followed, which was compiled by the City of Joburg’s security risk management department, recommended that the money should be recovered from Nair.

The report stated that after the burglary, Donovan Denyssen, former Pikitup general manager of infrastructure enterprise, unofficially issued Nair with three company phones. In February, Denyssen, who has since resigned, further issued a tablet and a cellphone – which were apparently gifts for Mfikoe’s son.

It is understood that declaration and consent forms were not completed and the phones were not returned.

However, Pikitup spokesperson Pansy Oyedele refused to comment on the findings of the damning report or any further action that would be taken.

“Pikitup is not at liberty to offer any commentary on matters pertaining to its employees, whether current or former, which are subject[s] of ongoing investigations by the relevant authorities,” she said.

“Pikitup can confirm that it has, and will continue to take, the necessary and appropriate action against everyone who has been implicated in any of its forensic investigation reports.”

In March, Nair was suspended for two months on full pay on charges that were the subject of a disciplinary inquiry.

She was facing allegations of irregularities in the awarding of tenders amounting to R263 million.

Her suspension was later extended until June.

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