Sheryl Cwele fighting to get job back

2012-04-13 10:42

Durban - Sheryl Cwele is fighting to get her job back.

Cwele, who was fired as director of health services for Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) after being convicted of drug trafficking, is taking her former employer to the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC) for unfair dismissal.

Speaking to The Witness on Thursday, Cwele said, “I am indeed appealing the case for a number of reasons which will be revealed during the appeals process.”

The date for the hearing is set for May 8. Efforts to verify the date with SALGBC were unsuccessful.

“At this stage I am unable to provide any further details,” she added.


Cwele was fired at the end of September last year after an appeals committee found her guilty of misconduct following her drug conviction.

The matter was chaired by Brian Denny of Norton Rose South Africa after Cwele had appealed against her dismissal arising from a disciplinary hearing.

In May last year Cwele was found guilty in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court for drug trafficking. She and co-accused Nigerian Frank Nabolisa were sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.

The pair were linked to South African drug mule, Tessa Beetge, who was arrested and imprisoned in Sao Paula, Brazil, for drug trafficking in 2008.

Beetge is still serving an eight-year jail term in Sao Paula.

Cwele is out on R100 000 bail while she appeals her conviction in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

Cwele’s attorney who is representing her in her criminal case, Edward Ngubane, said that a date is still to be set for the Supreme Court of Appeal.

On Thursday, Ngubane had no knowledge of Cwele’s appeal.

“Maybe she is using alternate representation in that matter,” he added.


HCM spokesperson Simon Soboyisa said the municipality will definitely defend its decision on the matter as it believes the matter was “handled in a proper manner and the decision was the right one”.

At the time of her dismissal HCM municipal manager S'bu Mkhize said that the dismissal was straightforward and no settlement will be paid to Cwele.

“This was not a negotiation process. It was a matter of misconduct, which sanctioned a dismissal with no payout or settlement amount,” Mkhize said.

On her dismissal Cwele was paid R33 892.14 in October 2011 for her salary and any leave days due to her.

“According to the municipality there is nothing that is owed to Mrs Cwele as all her dues were paid that relate to her terms and conditions under which she was employed and in relation to the circumstances in which the contract came to an end,” Soboyisa added.

According to HCM the proceedings are set for May 8, However, Cwele claims they have been postponed to May 9.

  • braamc - 2012-04-13 10:51

    Why don't you just go to jail, your filthy bitch

      Erkie69 - 2012-04-13 11:02

      Just love the way you put this!

      Rob - 2012-04-13 11:22


      Junebugg - 2012-04-13 11:24

      Liphambene elihhule lomfazi....Sure and who is going to trust her again? but under Zuma's administration...she meets the requirements of being a HEAD OF INTELLIGENCE

      Bryan - 2012-04-13 11:26

      @bluzulu... You really are a complete Moron!!

      Benn - 2012-04-13 11:28

      Unfair dismissal?? For drug dealing? What I am sure of, is that she got the job unfairly in the first place.

      Felix - 2012-04-13 11:34

      Take your husband with you to jail Sheryl, no doubt he is the ring leader.

      Dave - 2012-04-13 11:50

      I agree, she must go to jail in Zimbabwe

      Amanda - 2012-04-13 12:09

      Typical ANC , can you believe it, she wants her job back!!!???? What is she going to do, work from jail. MORON or just ANC arrogant?

      Amanda - 2012-04-13 12:11

      She is so lucky to get away with her life, in other countries they ROT in jail or get the death sentence. What about the lives that are ruined by drugs! Crawl into a hole and rot.

  • Brett - 2012-04-13 10:53

    I cannot believe that even a convicted criminal has such a strong culture of entitlement. This country....eish.

      Jack - 2012-04-13 11:15

      The mentality...this really is a circus, run by the biggest clown of all Mr. Z

      Newsmonger - 2012-04-13 11:21

      couldnt have put it better myself 1000 thumbs up

      Sharon - 2012-04-13 12:22

      Her skin is thicker than that of a rhino!!! Why in the bleeding blazes is she walking around, she should be serving her sentence. I suppose it is a great advantage to be connected!!

      Julian - 2012-04-13 13:04

      @ Sharon please dont compare her to a Rhino... at least a Rhino it more useful and beautiful to look at

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-13 10:55

    Now Sheryl, Stop procrastinating and leave with your head lowered for sympathy. This tact just illuminates your criminal behaviour.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-13 11:34

      Jeez bluzulu, for once you made a sensible comment!

      Monti - 2012-04-13 11:50

      Lovely statement for a Friday

      bluzulu - 2012-04-13 12:09

      FOIE TOG.............. Criminals are criminals whatever they may be!!

  • leemalin.moodley - 2012-04-13 10:55

    wtf lady. you did the crime,now do the time.

  • Mashudu - 2012-04-13 10:56

    when r they going to sentence this bitch?

      Ken - 2012-04-13 12:44

      She was sentenced to 12 years last year.

      Belinda - 2012-04-13 14:48

      that's just it... they DID sentence her... 12 years... so WHY is she not behind bars??

      Belinda - 2012-04-13 15:56

      that's just it... they DID sentence her... 12 years... so WHY is she not behind bars??

  • Ally - 2012-04-13 10:56

    She should be locked up for a very long time. She has no right to get her job back and anyone who gives it to her should be locked up with her too. Better still, stone her in the village square and let true justice be done.

  • Judith - 2012-04-13 10:57

    Unreal - please get her appeal fast-tracked and her into jail soonest

  • Marion - 2012-04-13 10:58

    I cannot believe that people can walk around freely while they await the appeal process. Should start serving their sentences immediately and appeal while they are in jail. If sentence overturned they can sue for wrongful imprisonment. Is the Nigerian also out on bail pending an appeal?

  • Ian - 2012-04-13 11:00

    lock the filthy dirty life and soul destroying bitch up FOREVER

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-13 11:03

    Ripley's. I tell you what. Once my husband has pushed through the secrecy act none of you will even know I got my job back - and promotion as well!

      Jacqui - 2012-04-13 11:08

      This makes me feel even worse. The secrecy act will give breathing space to a completely new brand of crooks.

      Crracker - 2012-04-13 11:46

      LOL Said in jest but not far fetched.

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-13 11:05

    Can somebody explain to me how the justice system works in this country.How can someone found guilty and sentenced to prison fight to get her job back?.

      planetdonovan - 2012-04-13 11:09

      I'm sure her only motive is to secure a settlement from the taxpayers' money.

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-04-13 11:14

      Jacqui There is no justice system in this country. It has broken down completely! This disgusting woman with no shame, no pride has the nerve to want her job back ! Typical thick skinned scum !

      Marion - 2012-04-13 11:26

      As I recall when I worked in the corporate sector someone arrested for a crime would be suspended. Once a court passed a guilty verdict the person was dismissed instantly. This woman survived more than she was entitled to and should never have been allowed to pass GO after being sentenced.

      eleanore.hill - 2012-04-13 15:49

      In some instances you can apply for bail whilst awaiting an appeal decision. This might take quite a while. I guess she did the figures that she now needs to survive. Convinced herself that she is innocent,hasn't been convicted and arrogantly decided to fight her dismissal. If the appeal is upheld she would be hauled back to prison.

  • Hermann - 2012-04-13 11:06

    My, my, the arrogance of some people is amazing!

  • Shirley - 2012-04-13 11:06

    This has got to be the most"wanted" country for criminals to live in!!! The low life should be in jail for her filthy deeds,yet she has the audacity to still want her job back???? Do we have no morale standing in South Africa?? She is the wife of a minister who has embaressed this country,caused others to be jailed for her evil ways but she still lives the good life on the outside! No wonder crime is so high-if this is the "punishment" awaiting offenders! South African justice sucks!

      Marion - 2012-04-13 11:30

      I think he has divorced her / started divorce proceedings against her. In SA there are way too many 'untouchables'. Yet the common man/woman on the street will get jail time. Has she even spent one night in jail?

  • sdmelo - 2012-04-13 11:09

    I think we should play a game with her, first a slap for her ignorance but if she insists... she should carry the drugs herself to where ever it is she was sending her mules.... if she doesnt get caught.... she gets her job back....the catch is that she would have to do as many trips as all her minions....

  • drishworth - 2012-04-13 11:11

    How brazen and thick skinned must one be to be convicted of drug trafficking and then feel hard done by because you then loose your job? Only a despicable drug trafficker, that's who - a person completely devoid of morals and conscience. Such people do not belong in the civilised world.

  • Nicholas - 2012-04-13 11:12

    Does this woman just not get it?? The levels of arrogance is just astounding.

  • Gavin - 2012-04-13 11:13

    She's just follwing the ANC's example of the criminals running the prison.

      sabongam - 2012-04-13 12:36

      Not saying that we shouldn't we criticise wrongs like this one that Sheryl Cwele is involved in. What irritates me is the fact that ppl want to blame everything on the govt... The woman was convicted and should already spending time behind bars. The problem falls on the footsteps of the judiciary.What does the ANC have to do with that? What ANC example is she following? Sometimes ppl like you just want to vent and criticise for the sake of criticising.

      Scouter - 2012-04-13 14:44

      In case you hadn't noticed Sabongam, the ANC goverment is presently doing their level best to restructure the Judiciary - entirely to their own corrupt self interest and liking. Sorry to burst your altruistic bubble.

      betsy.compaan - 2012-04-13 15:53

      @sabongam, maybe it is the ANC's problem because they employed her, they decided she should represent them, so yes it is their problem

  • Ricky Naidoo - 2012-04-13 11:14

    Its ok, we have many criminals doing top jobs in the government....rotten to the core.

      sabongam - 2012-04-13 12:16

      Who are those criminals, if you don't mind naming them Ricky?

      Scouter - 2012-04-13 14:48

      You might like to start with President Jacob Zuma - just because his charges were quashed, doesn't make him any less criminally liable, Sabongam. Truth will out one day, despite your party's every attempt to conceal it.

  • Dan - 2012-04-13 11:17

    Only in SA!!!!!!!

  • Graham - 2012-04-13 11:22

    Just another day in Africa! I wouldn't be that shocked if she wins her case.

  • hc12345 - 2012-04-13 11:23

    In any other country the person would have been too ashamed to appear in public. In our country it is acceptable to lie and steal, I think it is a bonus on your CV if you apply for a job in government as it proves you are one of them.

  • SM1012 - 2012-04-13 11:25

    Shame on you Sherly...get you anger Management in Jail...want to blame someone for your action...shame on you Mrs-Cwele.

  • Crracker - 2012-04-13 11:40

    Time for a radical review of our legal processes. Not to dilute our rights but to really help with the PROPER exercise thereof. It includes the inordinate delays we are all subjected to. Only now this ex-employee takes the matter further. That in itself is blatantly wrong and exploitative. What nonsense is this? She was fairly and squarely fired. Now all those resources and revenue must be wasted on nonsense. Return to the "reasonable employer" test. What would a reasonable employer have done in the circumstances? Leave all the other nonsense like establishing of guilt etc to the liking or thought processes of a third person or court out of the process. "Employer" includes us as the public as well. Not only in our capacities as tax contributors and deserving of proper services but also as employers and representatives of employers in state/semi-state organizations. Surely we also need some protection against the callousness being displayed by some employees in public service?

  • Gert - 2012-04-13 11:49

    Yes she has all the right to get her job back like many other with convictions, why should she be discriminated against--------this will look very bad for the anc if a convicted criminal is reinstated just because she has connections with the anc but they don't seem to care. A criminal record will actually count in her favour--watch this space. Think about it --a salary of say R900000 per year plus perks for the next 20 years plus heavy fat pension---this job is worth about 20 mil to her and her husband.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-04-13 11:50

    really are you serious and to think there are people that takes you seriously unless of course the big spy boss is the puppeteer in the whole sorrid afair after all he got carte blanche to mess up anybodys life man this country really needs GOD

  • Chien-Teng - 2012-04-13 11:50

    If she was convicted in May last year and subsequently fired, or dismissed in September last year, what really is the problem? She has a criminal record and the employer reserves the right to dismiss people with a criminal record (isn't that an exclusion criteria to be employed in government? Not that anyone is taking this point seriously enough... just look at the criminal records the Metro Cops have in their midst) Why this sense of entitlement? Are you feeling unfair treatment because some of our politicians and national police commissioner and the crime intelligence boss who have allegations (and political meddling and protection in my opinion) against them and getting all the limelights and you are feeling left out? Surely our shameless president with the arms deal allegations against him should be punished too?

  • Den - 2012-04-13 11:51

    some people just dont get the message

  • Christina - 2012-04-13 11:59

    isn't this lady in jail? and how come she was given bail if sentenced already? somebody help me to understand this.

      Marion - 2012-04-13 12:13

      I would if I could, but I can't so I won't.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-13 16:22

      Christina, I will try. I will keep the explanation very brief and only highlight the essentials. In a matter like this it is of the utmost importance not to succumb to impulsive, knee-jerk reactions. One must objectively and clinically evaluate the situation, taking into account all the possible points of view of all the different stakeholders. One should at all times endeavour to attain that fine balance between absolutism and relativism, bearing in mind that there is always an over supply of bulchitism. Only when one has arrived at a wholistic view, when all the subtle intricacies and nuances surrounding and which are embedded in each perspective were carefully analysed and categorised, can one with any measure of certainty, albeit extremely hesitantly, cast an objective judgement. In this particular case certain critical facts must be bourne in mind,but before we attempt to address this issue, we should ask of ourselves the most important question : Who am I to judge? Indeed. A sentence does not have to be absolute. A sentence to be jailed does not necessarily mean that one must go to jail. It can be an experimental sentence. A sentence under probation. On appro. Figurative speech. A metaphor. A WTF for? It can be a sentence on a suspended sale agreement, where instalments are paid to the judge. It could even be a sentence without a fool stop. Period. A period sentence. Something fashionable. I trust this short explanation helped a bit...

  • Malcolm - 2012-04-13 12:00

    South Africa - where every day is April Fools...

      bluzulu - 2012-04-13 12:10

      Happy April fools day!!

  • Biggs - 2012-04-13 12:01

    Hai bo! I forgot to tell you that the job that you are fighting back for is in Nigeria as we speak

  • John - 2012-04-13 12:13

    they would only condone this in SA

  • Niel - 2012-04-13 12:14

    She will find another job government! Watch this space......!!!!!!

  • anthro45 - 2012-04-13 12:15

    Just some more proof. They (ANC members and cronies) are all inherently STUPID.

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-04-13 12:17

    Anc old boys club , even if you are convicted , you don't go to jail , you just need a doctors note and you are let off , to play golf and what ever else they do , there are 2 types of law one for joe soap on the street and one for anc politicians , and guess who has the better chance of survival . They should tie her to the electric chair and feed her own drugs to her and then make a documentary of it.haebo why is she not in jail surely she should be apealing her sentence from behind bars like everyone else, I think this judge needs to be investigated that gave her the slap on the ass

  • Bradley - 2012-04-13 12:20

    Is this an April fools joke? surely she must have a little bit of pride left?

  • Boy Bana - 2012-04-13 12:22

    hehehehe and we hav sabongam asking a silly question. i dont thnk there is enough space tO list them all broe

  • Ron - 2012-04-13 12:27

    How is the dumb b..tch going to work if she was sentenced to 12 years? Unless she gets a day pass everyday, or maybe she will be put on special leave with full pay. I suppose with connections in the ANC mob anything is possible.

  • Belinda - 2012-04-13 12:51

    Never mind being fired .... SHE SHOULD BE IN JAIL. Why is she not behind bars????? Something must change in this country AND QUICKLY. SA need a Government that can actually Govern!!!

  • Buti - 2012-04-13 13:02

    You're worse than a killer that is why your former employer fired you and he was so scarred of you because all his staff members will be in danger as long as you continue to work. Garbage is what I'll call you.

  • Mart - 2012-04-13 13:14

    Perhaps the courts are saying...'go out on bail you killer of children, and let the people mete out the justice you deserve.' Anyone up for a game of 'concerned citizen's vs the convicted drug trafficker - the final cut ???'

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-13 14:01

    If you think about it, the esteemed prez had a rape charge and a corruption charge swept under the carpet, nomvula was implicated in the blue light runn

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-13 14:12

    Ning down of a young boy and to date no action has been taken The prez's own legal advisor has been implicated in the Aurora mine debacle and is still in office - so is it any surprise that she believes she can have her job back? Other less than perfect individuals have got it right and flaunted it - so why not Sheryl?

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-13 18:29

    Whats wrong with asking her job back I mean to say it was only a minor mishap she made and its not her fault she was caught out poor girl

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-13 18:35

    Only joking about my first comment, these trespassers have really a tough type of mentality where they bite in they sink their teeth in so deep they can hardly peep and thinks no one else will notice also "Crocodile se moses"

  • billidp - 2012-04-13 19:43

    You ARE joking, right, Madam Drug Smuggler??

  • nonhlanhla.nhlumayo1 - 2012-04-13 21:15

    Interesting!....She gets her job back and then what,work while serving her sentence?Wonder hw's dat gonna work out....

  • Gregory - 2012-04-14 02:33

    Stop putting that stuff up ur nose. Ur greed has already put a person in jail. You next drug traffickers are scum and there. Is no room for U in society .

  • Cheslin - 2012-04-14 03:39

    Could you be anymore arrogant? How does a muppet like this get such a relatively high profile job anyway. SA has to much time and patience with this type of insolent character.

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-04-14 06:39

    it never ends with the cadres. Like herpes, you can't get rid of them.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-14 08:42

    It is refreshing to note that she is not on suspension on full salary pending the outcome of her appeal.