ANC denies being scared to act against Cwele

2011-07-20 00:00

THE Hibiscus Coast Municipality is expected to have a final report on the disciplinary hearing against convicted drug trafficker Sheryl Cwele next Tuesday, the Democratic Alliance’s South Coast constituency chairperson Doug Rawlins said yesterday.

Yesterday it was reported that Cwele had her R29 000 salary reinstated pending the outcome of the disciplinary hearing against her, after taking the council to the labour court last week.

When Cwele was convicted in May the municipal council resolved to suspend her from her directorship with full pay with effect from May 11, pending the hearing.

The hearing was supposed to be instituted and finalised within one month of Cwele’s conviction.

A few days later the council agreed Cwele should not be paid from June 10.

The conditions attached to the reinstatement are not clear as the parties close to the matter are withholding information from the public.

In May Cwele, the wife of State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, was convicted with Nigerian Frank Nabolisa of drug trafficking and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Contacted by The Witness for clarity on the settlement, Cwele’s attorney Mvuseni Ngubane would not elaborate.

The DA’s provincial human settlement and local government spokesperson, George Mari, said municipal manager Sbu Mkhize is scared to deal with the matter decisively, hence the prolonged hearing.

“The municipal manager told us that he expected to table a full report on the Cwele issue in full council by next Tuesday, and that’s what I can say to you for now,” said Rawlins.

Mkhize said the hearing is still ongoing and that he has no knowledge of the out-of-court settlement on Cwele’s salary.

He said allegations that he is scared to deal decisively with Cwele’s dismissal are unfounded. “We have work to do and we have procedures to follow. That’s what we are doing on this matter and there’s no other agenda.”

Co-operative Governance spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said the matter is strictly an employer-employee issue.

He said municipalities are subject to all the labour laws like any other institutions.

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