Hibiscus: Municipality silent on Cwele hearing outcome

2011-06-30 00:00

HIBISCUS Coast Municipality spokesperson Simon Soboyisa has stayed mum on the outcome of drug trafficker Sheryl Cwele’s disciplinary hearing, which concluded yesterday.

“The media will simply have to wait until Monday, at least, for us to submit a press release,” Soboyisa said.

Cwele, the director of health and community services, was found guilty of a drug trafficking charge in May, and was suspended, pending an internal disciplinary hearing, complying with labour legislation.

On Tuesday municipal manager Sbu Mkhize briefed the Hibiscus Coast Municipality Exco on where exactly the process was at that stage.

Mkhize said he and the municipality have been meticulous in following the prescribed labour procedures.

“The hearing is a totally independent process with an independent chairperson and we will abide by whatever the decisions are.”

In the light of her conviction, and other internal charges, the disciplinary committee has to decide whether her employment should be terminated.

Meanwhile there has been no news about the disciplinary hearing of the other suspended director, Victor Chetty.

He was suspended after a charge of crimen injuria had been laid against him and internal disciplinary charges lodged.

Subsequently the state has declined to prosecute Chetty on the crimen injuria charge because it says the matter should rather be referred to the Equality Court.

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