The board of Pikitup, which is owned by the city of Johannesburg, has fired its managing director, Amanda Nair, citing a breakdown in their relationship.

The controversy surrounding Nair follows months of disagreements that led to the company’s workers downing tools and demanding that she resign, following allegations of maladministration.

Pikitup spokesperson Jackie Mashapu said the board decided to part ways with Nair “in the best interest of the company, the shareholders, the employees and the residents of Johannesburg”.