Nair, Pikitup’s managing director, was arrested on Wednesday.
Pikitup spokesperson Jacky Mashapu said the company, which is owned by the City of Joburg, has launched an internal investigation into what he called the alleged removal of cellphones. “She has not been suspended,” said Mashapu.
Hillbrow police spokesperson Warrant Officer Richard Munyai said Nair was due to appear in court on Thursday.
He would not say what charge she faced, or reveal the reasons for her arrest. “She is out on bail but I cannot say how much. I will find out more information and confirm later,” he said.
Munyai’s phone was later switched off.
The chairperson of Pikitup’s board, Trish Hanekom, said the entity still did not know the reason for Nair’s arrest.
“The alleged theft of cellphones is a matter the board has not referred to the police and we are, consequently, unaware of the basis of this arrest. We intend to establish the facts,” she said.
Hanekom said there were generally good internal controls in place, “evidenced by the fact that Pikitup achieved unqualified audits”.
In February, Nair was cleared of wrongdoing related to the awarding of a multimillion-rand tender.