‘Too sensitive’ to fire

2011-05-09 00:00

DESPITE a conviction and sentence for drug trafficking, Sheryl Cwele will retain her job as director of health and community services at the Hibuscus Coast Municipality.

“We cannot act on emotion and at this stage she is expected to appeal. We have a temp to fill in for her in the interim,” said Hibuscus Coast Municipality spokesperson Simon Sobhoyisa.

Cwele, the wife of State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, was found guilty of international drug trafficking by the high court in Pietermaritzburg last Thursday — she and her Nigerian co-accused Frank Nabolisa were sentenced to 12 years for drug dealing.

Sobhoyisa said that only once things are finalised and an appeal has been lodged by Cwele, will his department be more vocal about the matter. “It is still a very sensitive issue, but we are making decisions internally at this stage,” he said.

The Witness has reported that Cwele’s alleged poor work record and unsuitability for her job was previously a subject for investigation previously also. 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.






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