Council stalls on Cwele

2011-06-14 00:00

THE Hibiscus Coast Municipality in Port Shepstone has yet to conclude its disciplinary hearing against Sheryl Cwele, the convicted drug dealer and wife of Minister of State Security Siyabonga Cwele, who is employed by the municipality.

Last month Cwele and her accomplice, Frank Nabolisa, were found guilty and sentenced to 12 years in prison for drug trafficking.

They were accused of recruiting a South Coast woman, Tessa Beetge, as a drug mule.

Beetge is serving an eight-year jail sentence in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She was found with 10 kg of cocaine in her luggage.

After her conviction Cwele, who is a director of community and health services with the municipality, was suspended on full pay by the full council of the Hibiscus Municipality.

She allegedly draws a salary of about R30 000.

Hibiscus municipal manager Sbu Mkhize said on May 10, at the time when the council instituted a disciplinary hearing against Cwele, that the process would be completed speedily — within one month.

Mkhize added that Cwele had been suspended on full pay in terms of the Labour Relations Act.

However, the process is yet to be completed and Cwele continues to draw her salary.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Simon Sobhoyisa, the communications manager of the municipality, said the report on Cwele’s disciplinary hearing is not yet available.

“Even when the report is available it will first be presented to the full council before it is released to the public.”

He said the next full council meeting is on the first Tuesday of next month and the report could be presented there.

George Henderson, a Democratic Alliance leader in the municipality, said that while the declaration has been made for one month, they have not heard anything relating to the progress of the case. He said the council has been inactive for the past month.

Henderson said the DA is unhappy about the situation.

“While we understand that the full council has just been inaugurated and has not had any business so far, we are still not happy about the progress of this situation.

“The previous council had given the municipal manager strict instructions that the matter should be dealt with and done away within four weeks, but that has not happened.”

Henderson said that as soon as council begins its business the DA will be taking the matter up with the municipality.

“What I have also heard in the news was that the new mayor said she wanted this matter to be dealt with speedily.”

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