Convicted Cwele sues for unfair dismissal

2012-04-13 00:00

SHERYL Cwele is fighting to get her job back.

Cwele, who was fired as director of health services for Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) after being convicted of drug trafficking, is taking her former employer to the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC) for unfair dismissal.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Cwele said, “I am indeed appealing the case for a number of reasons, which will be revealed during the appeals process.”

The date for the hearing is set for May 8. Efforts to verify the date with SALGBC were unsuccessful.

“At this stage I am unable to provide any further details,” she added.

Cwele was fired at the end of September last year after an appeals committee found her guilty of misconduct following her drug conviction. The matter was chaired by Brian Denny of Norton Rose South Africa after Cwele had appealed against her dismissal following a disciplinary hearing.

In May last year Cwele was found guilty in the Pietermaritzburg high court for drug trafficking. She and co-accused Nigerian Frank Nabolisa were sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.

Cwele is out on R100 000 bail while she appeals her conviction in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

HCM spokesperson Simon Soboyisa said the municipality will defend its decision on the matter as it was “handled in a proper manner and the decision was the right one”.

At the time, municipal manager S’bu Mkhize said the dismissal was straightforward and no settlement would be paid to Cwele. On her dismissal Cwele was paid R33 892.14 in October 2011, being her salary and leave days due to her.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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