Sheryl Cwele back at work - briefly

2011-05-10 08:10

Durban - Convicted drug trafficker Sheryl Cwele arrived for work as director of health and community services at the Hibiscus Coast Municipality on Monday, attending a meeting at 09:00 and leaving shortly before midday.

Cwele is still employed by the municipality, despite her conviction and 12-year sentence.

Simon Soboyisa, spokesperson for the municipality, said the department will issue a statement regarding its stance on Cwele in due course.

"During the time Cwele was attending the court case she was on leave and she was correct to report for duty.

"We are all aware that the judgment and sentencing only happened at the end of last week and the municipality could only activate its internal systems to deal with the matter after that. The complexity of the matter, given the fact that the crime is a serious one and that she has appealed, warrants an exhaustive approach of dealing with the matter …” Soboyisa added.

Cwele was found guilty by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg last Thursday of international drug trafficking and sentenced to 12 years.


  • Just Greg - 2011-05-10 08:14

    Only in Africa would this happen.... Darn shame !

      Mnr. Smith - 2011-05-10 09:10

      Place your bets people, how long will she serve? 2years, 5 years, 8 years, full term?

      YourNightmare - 2011-05-10 09:12

      ja no embarrassing... this is a joke....her face looks like she is constantly on crack, is this what she gets up to at work???? i say the department should test her for drugs, i gurantee we will find it in her system

      paulf - 2011-05-10 09:13

      Blame it on Zuma, since he has come into Power he has over ridden the Law and Constitution of SA. Now the rest are doing the same.

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-05-10 09:27

      @ PaulF - I completely agree... Not only his own criminal activities but his constant employment of criminals and friends to key government positions... and when questions are asked, you NEVER hear him apologise or have ANYKIND of response to the problems and convictions.. Cele, Cwele, Shiceka, Mdluli, Malema, Manyi... Nevermind elections, race, ANC or whatever.. He is President but his lack of responsibility is a constant failure..

      Creeky - 2011-05-10 09:28

      Hopefully it is only to CLEAR THE COKE FROM HER DESK!!!

      Pierre - 2011-05-10 09:48

      My Boss , Dir of health . Come on , is this for real ? How and where on earth would you c something like this happening but in SA ?

      jdeeathome - 2011-05-10 13:13

      Mnr. Smith, she will be in hospital dying from boardom where upon she will be released to spend her last days on the golf course

  • Rich - 2011-05-10 08:19

    No doubt she will receive full pay and benefits for every hour/day she does not report for work -- paid for by the already fleeced ratepayers.She has already been paid for years while she "stole" time at her desk to purpetrate the crime.

      Creeky - 2011-05-10 10:30

      never mind the Council Mobile costs... faxes, emails etc! When this lot f*ck up... they f*ck up ROYALLY! Motto is: "GO BIG OR GO HOME"!!!!

  • saabnut - 2011-05-10 08:21

    Back at work- what is work? Last I heard, languishing in incompetency and deceit at taxpayers' expense was hardly 'work'. I'll put money on it she is going all out to skim as much off the top of the Hibuscus Coast Municipality coffers as she can (before the appeal), before she is redeployed to a more senior government post. The ANC is an utter disgrace!

  • Atropos - 2011-05-10 08:24

    Aren't we just fortunate to live in a country where convicted drug traffickers benefit from our hard earned cash! Fantastic!

      saabnut - 2011-05-10 08:47

      Immensely fortunate, Atropos. What do you say you and I propose a parliamentary bill that compells us to give 10% of our net income to all those 'needy', kleptomaniac, senior ANC/ government officials. Surely that would be a shining example of brotherly love?

      OuWitBooi - 2011-05-10 10:21

      saabnut, I don't think that they will accept a cut to 10%. They have got used to their expensive life styles stealing as much as they want and they will not understand that they should be limited to taking 10%.

      Creeky - 2011-05-10 10:33

      What slays me is that Sicheca also has some connection to drug mules... is his "LOS / POMP" not doing time in jail in France for being caught moving COKE around Europe? Money Laundering is RIFE in SA... is this where the Black Elite get's their money from? I always thought it was TENDERS!!!

  • Agent - 2011-05-10 08:24

    It goes to show the ANC is proud of their people acting as criminals, yes they approve it here is the proof. That woman and her Nigerian helper should be in jail no where else. Sorry forgot Nigerians have special privelages in ANC SA.

      Creeky - 2011-05-10 10:36

      You CANNOT become part ofthe ANC ELITE if you do not have a current criminal record for Corruption, Drug Peddling or basic THEFT.... you have to also consider your "UNDERWORLD" connections!!!! If you ain't got none.... bugger off!

      dgee - 2011-05-10 12:01

      It appears all "whites" are all going to receive special priviledges soon - our beloved ANCYL leader wants us all to be treated like criminals for stealing .. will they make posts for everyone I wonder!!

  • Gadafi007 - 2011-05-10 08:24

    The whole world is corrupt !!!!!

      saabnut - 2011-05-10 08:44

      I think you have taken this whole story out of context...

      Rob Gunning - 2011-05-10 09:37

      It's easy to accuse the whole world of being corrupt when all you see in your everyday life is corruption but I assure you that the majority of world government is not as corrupt as you think, purely because they respect the laws they create.

      jan.jordaan1 - 2011-05-10 10:01

      and that makes it ok?????

      DW - 2011-05-10 13:29

      You can only reduce corruption if it is seen to be punishable and unacceptable. If the leaders all get away with it, then they are conveying the message that this is acceptable behaviour. You have to wonder, when there is fraud within their department by subordinates (bound to be in this type of environment), whether they actually act against the perpetrators. The rot starts from the top. They set the example that criminal behaviour is acceptable and then we wonder why we have the crime statistics that we have in this country.

  • kingkong - 2011-05-10 08:26

    All crime should be treated the same. Sack that caw. There are so many people looking for work that would actually do the job properly instead of sitting there getting paid by the tax man and still do crime. Monkeys see monkey do comes to mind.

  • juan.coetzee - 2011-05-10 08:27

    There is nothing complicated about this procedure. She is a convicted criminal, and by law may not hold public office. The only "internal system" in need of activation is your brain. .

      Candice - 2011-05-10 08:40

      one needs a brain first, before it can be activated....hence the complication.

  • ji - 2011-05-10 08:27

    now that she has a criminal record she cant work at the monkeypality BUT she can get a top position in the ANC with all the other criminals .

      saabnut - 2011-05-10 08:48

      Too true Ji- perhaps she can become a fellow company director with Shaik...

  • PMG - 2011-05-10 08:30

    Is she back at work in Hilbrow,or hehind her desk at the muncipality?

      IandI - 2011-05-10 08:34

      Must be in Hillbrow, offering dope on discount.

      Barry - 2011-05-10 09:09

      In Hillbrow and probably getting laid at the same time

  • Slapper - 2011-05-10 08:31

    This is a disgraceful situation. It tells the world that not only massive corruption is alright, but also Drug smuggling. We have become a haven for International Gangsters, who now fit in perfectly with our home grown variety, who are actually running the country. No wonder our passports are looked at suspiciously when we travel. Whether we allow the situation to continue or not, I doubt that the rest of the International community will treat us the same

      Creeky - 2011-05-10 10:40

      "Aye en Cee.... Wi LEED by EXAMPLE... EISH" !!!!

  • amabok - 2011-05-10 08:31

    Only in Africa where there is no law

      saabnut - 2011-05-10 08:49

      With the possible exception of Botswana, amabok, I am afraid you are spot on. Sad, isn't it?

  • Point Blank - 2011-05-10 08:31

    She just earned her struggle credentials.

      saabnut - 2011-05-10 08:43

      You mean forged them...

      Gatvol - 2011-05-10 08:44

      Once she's been to prison she will get a promotion within the ANC. Who knows maybe she might even become president

  • Poena - 2011-05-10 08:31

    Make her Director of drug smuggling at Ugu/Hibiscus municipality!!!!! Then she continue her work within the prison

  • PB - 2011-05-10 08:32

    Why keep her on? Yesterday it was stated that she has been found months ago to be incompetent, unqualified and just plain useless in her job. How many more committees need to be paid to investigate that this B#tch NEVER should have been in the position to start out with?

  • RickyC - 2011-05-10 08:32

    Watch she will suddenly develop a medical condition that will result in her being in a hospital wing and suddenly she will be at deaths door and be released and move in with Shabier................

      saabnut - 2011-05-10 08:43

      I hope he doesn't teach her how to beat up journalists, or we could see her promoted even sooner!

  • Podgette - 2011-05-10 08:32

    Aaahh so by being a baddie, she gets to keep her job, working ½ day on full pay - only in an ANC led govt in AFRICA. She must go to jail and appeal from there!

  • Dan - 2011-05-10 08:33

    Bollocks!!!!! 2 Traffic cops stop thug Winnie and get immidiate suspension. Bastard Cwele gets sentenced for a serious crime and nothing happens to her. That is the ANC in a nut shell. Corrupt to the bone. Can you believe she is the director of "health and community services" and trafficing with drugs. What a leader for the community !!!!!

      Perfume - 2011-05-10 11:39

      She must be stealing the ARV's as well, the criminal should be in prison serving those 12 years!!!!!!!! Unless she has gained her stripes by having a criminal record hanging over her!!

  • - 2011-05-10 08:33

    It is absolutely shocking that she still has the balls to show her face in public. No shame. Just shows the grade of people that are employed in government. Thick skinned and truelly dumb.

      saabnut - 2011-05-10 08:40

      The answer to your question, is simple. You need to first have a brain, before you can experience pride, dignity and shame. Viva Nelson Mandela!!!

  • Gary - 2011-05-10 08:33

    Yeah ANC, I have NO idea why people are getting gatvol of your kak.

      saabnut - 2011-05-10 08:41

      Me neither- perhaps I need to get a better (OBE) education... I sincerely hope that they have jacked up the woodwork curriculum...

  • Zooma Lema - 2011-05-10 08:42

    Cwele got 12 years and walks freely in the streets. Jackie Selebe got 16 years and walks freely in the streets. These days you have to go to jail to be safe.

  • Herman - 2011-05-10 08:43

    Director of Bad health & Smokkel Services yes...

  • Bobaloo - 2011-05-10 08:43

    And we the ratepayers have to pay for this. It is also interesting that the ANC candidate in Cape Town is on an anti-drug platform while the ANC in KZN is pushing drugs. Seems a lack of communication to me

  • mo-man - 2011-05-10 08:45

    Aunty Sheryl should also fake an illness

  • jef lebowski - 2011-05-10 08:46

    if she has already been sentenced , why is she not in jail ? surely she should be incarcerated until her appeal date.

      Mikemcc - 2011-05-10 10:11

      I believe there is a system called "leave to appeal" which basically suspends your sentence until the outcome of the appeal process.

  • - 2011-05-10 08:46

    I am lost for words!!!!

  • vambozha mutemi - 2011-05-10 08:49

    the whole judicial system is a joke. Can i get a copy of the SA constitution?

      saabnut - 2011-05-10 08:59

      Where are you going to find one that hasn't been tampered with???

      Dave - 2011-05-10 09:03

      they still busy putting it together

      Barry - 2011-05-10 09:12

      I would say a coke

      saabnut - 2011-05-10 10:03

      Or looking for one to steal...

  • 106SA - 2011-05-10 08:55

    The CLEAR standards that are set by the ANC and their followers!!!

  • neutralview - 2011-05-10 08:56

    its a disgrace, ANC put the interest of its members before the one's of the ppl who vote for them even b4 its principles for that matter.She is a convicted criminal what is there to think about?

  • FRpower - 2011-05-10 08:57

    What a joke this is,she should have been fired when sentenced. Goes to show that it pays to be a goverment crimminal in this country.

  • Ruffstuff - 2011-05-10 08:58

    Briefly? - there should have been no brief moment - there is a long term moment awaiting you in prison.

  • Dave - 2011-05-10 09:00

    Why hang around at work anyway, you getting paid for been a criminal!! how true the saying, only if africa my friend.... only in africa

  • SSRat - 2011-05-10 09:04

    This offence carries the death penalty in many countries around the world. Here in SA this b**ch gets to keep her job in a government post, she gets to freely walk the streets and she gets to sleep in bed with her ANC minister husband. This place is so fu**d up it's beyond belief.

  • Stinkhout - 2011-05-10 09:04

    She is director of health and community services and her husband is State Security Minister and her speciality is drug trafficking. What can you say, except that it was a neat business plan with right people in the key positions? Almost as clever as having a president supporting arms dealers with family running national intelligence. What is the honourable Trevor Manual going to say about this?

  • Toby C. Goss - 2011-05-10 09:06

    Exhaustive approach ? Now we all know why this noway of dealing with serious issues,smells like it does. We shall now coin a new much more polite phrase in the Western Cape. Hope the street kids take it up. Djou Ma se exhaust (ive)You have managed nothing Mr.Simon Soboyisa. You are merely part of the free ride

  • Barry - 2011-05-10 09:07

    How do THEY get it right?

  • Brad - 2011-05-10 09:23

    All I can say people is now is the time to use your vote wisely. Stop bitching and let's do something. Vote for change next week.

  • 300katoom - 2011-05-10 09:27

    so when is she supposed to go to jail, why she not there already

  • Mr Gus - 2011-05-10 09:27

    Its obvious being the Director of Health amongst other talents she was probably working undercover to gain work expertise in the field of drugs and their effects......

  • Brigitte - 2011-05-10 09:32

    She has been found guilty of drug smuggling - she should be in jail and organising her appeal form inside prison - like so many other 'criminals'. Why the special treatment? The justice system in SA is corrupt, inefficient and useless. Locally, our police know where the ATM scammers live who are ripping off tourists but do nothing and let them go when caught - why? Do they get a cut of the proceeds? The rot starts at the top........VOTE DA

  • Nawe - 2011-05-10 09:36

    M.S Cwele is a competent leader who her leadership skills are vital for us to alleviate the current backlog that was created by the apartheid gov. Seeing that M.s Cwele is appealing her conviction why can we not respect our courts like we saluted them when they found her guilty? Are courts a tool to gain political points or are they a nuetral body that protect the interest of all citizens. I'm having a problem with white people saluting our courts for finding black people especially ANC memebers guilty for crimes they have committed & the very people have double standars when cadres appeal they convictions. GROW UP GUYS!

      cromagnon - 2011-05-10 09:44

      she IS a drug trafficker. Appeal does not equal innocence.

      Gazza11 - 2011-05-10 10:04

      Why don't you grow up - you prick.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-10 10:11

      Nawe....forget Black & White & apply simple Common Sense... You don't mind Black corruption, do you ?

      ShanMo - 2011-05-10 10:18

      Hi Nawe.... if we can leave race and politics out of it. What woudl your honest feelings be if this was a non political person, and we did not know the race or gender of this person who works for a municpality and was found guilty of this crime.... appeal pending?

      penada - 2011-05-10 10:28

      nawe...your argument is flawed...we do respect our courts, our dismay here has nothing to do with the courts, she should have resigned long ago when this came up, because it brings government into disrepute...that a guilty verdict was given and she is still allowed to work reeks of disrespect to our courts.... another thing, i dont care whites have done wrong...wrong is wrong...and i concede a lot of the white bloggers are not even worth a cent on the comments they make here but why must we say it is ok for blacks to do wrong because whites have done it...why do we benchmark ourselves by corrupt whites...i would like to think myself better than any corrupt white person out there and thus must hold my standards higher to them, and judge myself better. i am tired of black people referring to corrupt stupid whites for their own fallacies....even the ministers in government quoting the holy minesterial handbook that was fashioned by stupid narrowminded and almost illeterate leaders of the apartheid regime...Surely us black people we are a lot better than that!!!!

      Black_Orchid - 2011-05-10 11:43

      I agree that Cwele has the right to appeal, but whether she has the capability to handle her office in an efficient manner, while undergoing the stress of being at court, is another issue entirely. Until the court case is resolved, I feel that the charge is strong enough to warrent suspension. The question is: how long will the appeal take, when will the government take action, and is there anyone else who has the experience to take over her office? Surely she must have a deputy or someone who has been trained in case of emergencies? Further more, no one should be above the law, which includes procedures for the accused in a work environment. Let us put aside who she is for a moment, and consider what the procedure would be if she was the CEO of a company, or someone in a high position. Would she be suspended from her job until the matter is resolved? Surely as someone who works in a team, Cwele's ability to function in the workspace has been compromised since those under her management may not respect her because of the conviction? As a representative of her husband, Ms. Cwele's trial also bears wider implications. "Furthermore, we call on Minister Cwele to resign his post as minister of state security as his integrity has been severely tainted by his wife's conviction. This is yet another embarrassing blow to the credibility of the South African government" (IFP spokesperson on crime, Velaphi Ndlovu. Positions of power come with required responsibility.

      penada - 2011-05-10 12:02

      afternoon Black Orchid i agree with your post and i like your argumentative style, you put yur facts simply and mostly very cleanly. thank you. though i agree with most of what you say i do disagree with the popular view that the minister, mr cwele, must resign...assuming what we have been reading in the papers to be true, that they are separated, i do not see how this then would put him in disrepute. i find this to be cheap politicking by the IFP. But it is a disgrace that she was allowed to return to her a strong democracy with strong priciples of corporate governance mrs cele would have long resigned

      Lekabisto - 2011-05-10 13:11

      In your own words "Seeing that M.s Cwele is appealing her conviction", between your statement and the article reporting that she is back at work for the government, U do not see anything wrong in that ??? I would say you need education to improve you brain capacity but I dont think even that would help, U ignorant twit!!!

  • byron.moragemos - 2011-05-10 09:37

    all her drug money going towards paying off goverment officials to keep her job for now. even paying off the judicial system probably to get a lesser sentence or even get off.ANC is the most corrupt political party in the whole world. absolute garbage

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-10 09:38

    Back at Work...but Only Briefly.. Found Guilty...but Only Briefly.. Will Go to Jail...but Only Briefly..

  • Jason - 2011-05-10 09:39

    Now that is balls for you... I don't think I could face my work pears if this happened to me.

  • gwiz - 2011-05-10 09:39

    Only in Africa hey? This is disgraceful, here you can be convicted of criminal charges and still retain your job and salary in government. But then why should that surprise anyone for most of them are doing something illegal one way or another. Misapropiation of funds etc. What hope does this wonderful country have?

  • - 2011-05-10 09:40

    Oh that is just beautiful ..... she is the "director of health and community services" and she is a drug trafficker.

  • cromagnon - 2011-05-10 09:42

    Wow, a director of health and community services trafficking drugs, the one thing that ruines communities....

  • Midcorner - 2011-05-10 09:42

    This is a serious insult to out democracy and is she not suppose to be at the cells or am i confuse here and can some one clarrify me on that regard?

  • tim - 2011-05-10 09:43

    Blah blah blah. Let's find a way for the comrade to still screw the system

  • Coastwise - 2011-05-10 09:45

    This is pathetic - She should be behind bars awaiting the outcome of her appeal ! Zuma flouts the law so I suppose the rest of the ANC can now do the same ???