Contract renewed twice despite incompetence ruling

2011-05-06 00:00

SHERYL Cwele’s allegedly poor work record and unsuitability for her job as director of health and community services with the Hibiscus Coast Municipality is once again under the spotlight.

In April 2005 local media reported on a forensic investigation into alleged fraud and corruption in the municipality conducted by the Traditional and Local Government Affairs Department.

The investigation found that after the post of director of health and community services was advertised in the press with a closing date of November 8, 2002, Cwele responded to the advert, but none of the supporting documents in the application had been certified and there was no completed application form in her file.

Cwele has twice had her contract renewed although she did not meet the department’s competency profiles or the minimum competency levels specified in the Municipal Finance Management Act regulations required for officials at her level of seniority. — Witness Reporter.

RESPONDING to Sheryl Cwele’s conviction, the Democratic Alliance on the South Coast alleged that her appointment at the Hibiscus Coast Municipality was irregular and her performance poor.

The party said that her appointment came about at the time when her husband, Siyabonga Cwele, was the chairperson of the ANC in the area.

“She is another example of politically connected people being given jobs they cannot cope with,” said DA member and Hibiscus Municipality councillor Dave Snashall.

“Mrs Cwele was often absent from work using up all her leave, sick leave and even unpaid leave on occasion. Her parking space outside her office was frequently empty.

“According to a person who lived in the same block of flats, she came to work late, left early and sometimes did not go back to work at all after lunch.

“Her performance was so weak that she had half her job given away to another director. I have over the years frequently pointed these facts out to the municipal manager who does not know if or when his senior officials are at work. Despite the above being common knowledge he continued to renew her contract to the great detriment of Hibiscus Coast Municipality.”

He said a person at Cwele’s level would earn between R700 000 and R800 000 per annum from the municipality.

The Inkatha Freedom Party’s spokesperson on security, Velaphi Ndlovu, said the IFP welcomed the judgment.

“We hope this will be a lesson to all people who are drug traffickers, and that the verdict will console the family of the lady [Tessa Beetge] who is in prison in Brazil.”

He also expressed the hope that Cwele will lose her job with the Hibiscus Coast Municipality, saying she is “not a good example”. — Witness Reporter.


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