Cwele to appear for hearing

2011-06-29 07:35

A disciplinary hearing against convicted drug dealer Sheryl Cwele, the wife of State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, will take place today.

The Sowetan newspaper reported that the hearing would determine Cwele’s future as director of health services at the Hibiscus Coast municipality, municipal manager S’bu Mkhize was quoted as saying.

She is currently on suspension with no pay.

Cwele and Nigerian national Frank Nabolisa were sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment each on May 6 in the Pietermaritzburg High Court for drug dealing.

Several days later, the council agreed Cwele should not receive an income as of June 10, and that a formal disciplinary hearing should take place.

The pair pleaded not guilty to recruiting drug mule Tessa Beetge, who is serving a prison sentence in Brazil, and attempting to procure another woman, Charmaine Moss, to collect drugs in Turkey.

Moss turned down the offer because she suspected something was amiss.

Cwele was appealing her conviction, and was out on R100 000 bail. Nabolisa was currently in custody and intended appealing both the sentence and conviction.

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