Sheryl Cwele takes employer to court

2011-07-18 10:31

Durban - Convicted drug trafficker Sheryl Cwele has taken the Hibiscus Coast Municipality to the labour court over the non-payment of her salary.

Cwele, who is still appealing her 12-year sentence, was suspended without pay from her directorship post after she was found guilty with Nigerian Frank Nabolisa of drug trafficking by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court.

It was reported in a Sunday newspaper that Cwele’s lawyer, Mvuseni Ngubane, confirmed that the matter was taken to the court and was settled.

Contacted by The Witness for comment on Sunday, Ngubane declined to discuss her affairs on her instructions.

Hibiscus municipal manager Sbu Mkhize confirmed that the council was taken to court.

“There is an engagement of that nature and we are applying our minds to it. The issue pertains to payment of salaries, but we are applying our minds to that,” said Mkhize.

Cwele was on special leave throughout her trial and was suspended after she was convicted. A month later her pay was stopped.

The Hibiscus Coast Municipality has held a disciplinary hearing for Cwele, but the outcome has yet to be announced.

  • paulf - 2011-07-18 10:40

    She should not be getting any remuneration as she is convicted. No case!!!

      saabnut - 2011-07-18 10:47

      Maybe all the ANC constituencies should take their councillors to court for excessive service delivery too...

      amdisgusted - 2011-07-18 10:59

      Aren't the nigerians paying her?

      Dominic - 2011-07-18 11:15

      Isn't this taking affirmative action a little too far?

      Hansie - 2011-07-18 11:17

      The scumball can be paid back once its appeal finalised

      Eric West - 2011-07-18 11:23

      Mamma wag vir djou! :)

      Met - 2011-07-18 11:43

      They are" applying their minds" That must be a joke, surely. The only time that the Little bit of grey matter moves, is when there is a financial "incentive"

      Rolie - 2011-07-18 11:45

      Sbu - if only you had a mind to apply!!

      winter123 - 2011-07-18 11:50

      Apply your mind to this: found guilty and convicted of drug trafficking = loss of employment = loss of income. Not very difficult to understand is it? Just when I thought I've heard everything...

      Rapier - 2011-07-18 12:05

      Maybe she wants: 1. To have the cash to trade in drugs whilst in prison :-) 2. She knows that SA Prisons are just a holiday camp and needs bucks for entertainment. 3. She wants to go on a shopping spree so she can take her best frocks to prison. Trouble is, she is so arrogant, she probably doesn't think she did anything wrong!

      cliffarc - 2011-07-18 12:13

      - Next she'll be asking for a promotion.

      saabnut - 2011-07-18 13:18

      Worse still- probably getting it!

      biskit - 2011-07-18 14:30

      She needs to pay us community service for the next 12 years not the other way around - Hahaha enjoy the roll calls ;o)

      scorpio - 2011-07-19 07:32

      She'd be better off applying her mind to the fact that she's not getting paid. Karma's a bitch hey !!

  • TBOOZE - 2011-07-18 10:42

    Why cant these Government officials do proper work? now they'll have to pay this woman her outstanding salary because they have no right not to pay her , another waste of our tax on these stupid court cases

      PB - 2011-07-18 10:58

      Does this mean that the municipality actually caved and paid her??? "we are applying our minds to it" - WHY??? SHE IS GUILTY!! If by some corrupt wrangling of the law, she gets off once the appeal is finalised, then payment could be considered. Now is not the time. But I guess she already got her pay-out, since the case is supposedly "settled". What a farce.

      saabnut - 2011-07-18 13:18

      Why should they- the big bosses don't...

  • PMG - 2011-07-18 10:42

    Bwah,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha - only in a banana republic.

  • Riem - 2011-07-18 10:43

    What did she think D-o_o-s !

  • mba - 2011-07-18 10:43

    Oh my God! No wonder we are in such sh1t in this country! A convicted criminal is taking her employer to court because they stopped paying her after she was convicted. Only in Africa.....

      DW - 2011-07-18 14:31

      Anywhere else she would have resigned the minute she was accused, let alone after being convicted. I am sure that the labour law is not on her side, but if they have come to a settlement, she must have been paid - out of taxpayers money, no less!

  • Ederik - 2011-07-18 10:44

    Why pay her, she did not work!

  • bill - 2011-07-18 10:44

    jail the bitch

  • psydomx - 2011-07-18 10:44

    Only in South Africa can you be a drug smuggling spouse of a high ranking gov official, get sentenced and still keep your job, while your spouse, who for some unknown reason didnt know his wife was a drug kingpin/smuggler gets to keep his.....SHAME ON are 100x worse than any apartheid misdeed.

  • Anonymus - 2011-07-18 10:44

    who does this jelly baby think she is to demand a salary after being convicted of drug trafficking?? This sense of entitlement is getting out of hand!!

  • GT - 2011-07-18 10:45

    You are FEKING KIDDING ME!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rot in hell you drug smuggling bitch!

  • Freelance Writer - 2011-07-18 10:47

    Typical cadre behaviour. She still believes she's entitled to something even after becoming a convicted felon.

  • daaivark - 2011-07-18 10:47

    This is a joke, right? - 2011-07-18 11:10

      Don't we wish. I would hate to think how much money is paid paid out to people who are under investigation and have been suspended for YEARS on full pay and benefits while the case is supposedly "under investigation". Utterly disgraceful. She should be ashamed of herself (but we all know that all she regrets is being caught). Why is she still an employee of the municipality-in the REAL world (i.e. not in Africa)she would have been fired the moment she was convicted.

      DeonL - 2011-07-18 12:39

      The gravy train never stops for some.

      Gaanake - 2011-07-18 16:17

      Sadly not.

  • 50something - 2011-07-18 10:48

    Such audasity - she is guilty and the tax payer must just continue paying her salary? WTF.

  • crackerr - 2011-07-18 10:48

    It is public money that was used to settle the matter. It is money taken from us the ordinary citizens who have no choice in the matter. The municipality has no right to keep the outcome secret from us. Applying their mind to it is what they should always be doing it, as they should to all matters. The public is entitled to know how the matter was settled and on what terms. What's more, the person in question was a public employee. She has absolutely no right to privacy regarding what she got out of the public. This secrecy thing must be rooted out. - 2011-07-18 11:12

      "Applying" their mind implies they have a mind and an intellect to apply. I have my doubts.

  • SirMark - 2011-07-18 10:51

    typical Jb , wants money for NOT working and that after being comvicted of a crime she should be in jail for . this is the mentallity of some many thats why the country is in the crap it is .

  • valleyman - 2011-07-18 10:51

    If I didn't know this was true, I'd have put it down to a very clever comedy skit. Could someone please save this country from itself?

  • croix - 2011-07-18 10:55

    Mkize said: "we are applying our minds to it".... If employment contracts are properly worded and conditions clearly stipulated, there would be no need for this type of nonsense (and then it would be unneccessary to "apply your minds"- which could take a while)!

      50something - 2011-07-18 11:16

      Especially if you are mindless

  • Banana_man - 2011-07-18 10:56

    She'll never see the inside of a jail cell, and she'll leave her job with full benefits. The saddest thing is that we won't be surprised.

  • Gordon49 - 2011-07-18 10:56

    Typical!! Who does ahe think she is?? She still believes she's entitled to money even after becoming a convicted felon. She should be inside serving her sentence. Such audacity.

  • Deeteem - 2011-07-18 10:57

    "There is an engagement of that nature and we are applying our minds to it. The issue pertains to payment of salaries, but we are applying our minds to that, said Mkhize" Oh dear Lord help us !!

  • myancmyfutur - 2011-07-18 11:03

    We dont have her in our structures, we only know her husband

      Staalbal - 2011-07-18 11:16

      With your anc, your future is just as bright as they are.

      myancmyfutur - 2011-07-18 11:39

      Thank you

  • AllSeeingEye - 2011-07-18 11:08

    F@##,What Salary!!Yah hey life is good for some people,your a convict sisi but yet you stil claiming salaries!Good luck...

  • Staalbal - 2011-07-18 11:12

    "we are applying our minds to that" What a laugh

  • Ian - 2011-07-18 11:12

    Bwahaaaaaa lol lol lol, what a sordid disgusting bunch, pity the druggie bitch wasent tried in thailand or malaysia,

  • 106SA - 2011-07-18 11:12

    It's THIS MENTALITY of wrong doers in the ANC,when caught,that they dont realise,they are wrong and naughty!!!!!Can someone explain to me what is going through Cheryl's criminal pee brain!!!!!!????????

  • Tsheps16V - 2011-07-18 11:15

    you are going to jail hahahahahahaha blaady drug dealer!!!!

  • Biko Lives - 2011-07-18 11:16

    We are living in a constitutional democracy and Sheryl Cwele has a democratic right to appeal her sentence until she exhaust all the legal avenue available to her! What the employer did was wrong and unjust to her and they show their disregard for the laws of our country! This is not texas where the laws of cowboys rule. Give Cwele what is due to her now!

      crackerr - 2011-07-18 11:35

      She IS a CONVICTED drug dealer UNTIL the decision is overturned on appeal. To put it in perspective, if you are dismissed you are not entitled to your salary pending a court review or appeal. Why not? That anybody with common sense can work out. But consider also the practicalities of it. Every convict would be taking every matter on review or appeal to benefit for another two, three, four even more years. Also, a guilty finding in a court of law is based on above a reason doubt. It is a higher measure than a finding based on a balance of probabilities that applies in civil and employment matters. It says what? It tells anybody with common sense that the finding of the court is more than sufficient reason to kick her out.

      SeanJ - 2011-07-18 11:44

      She was found Guilty so its no longer innocent until proven guilty. So she is now guilty until proven innocent by the appeals court.

      euro-african - 2011-07-18 11:44

      You are wasting your time Crackerr. The words you are using are to big for anc cadres. biko only understands the anc way. That is deny deny deny, and when you get caught, appeal. There is no word for convicted in the anc dictionary.

  • AJ - 2011-07-18 11:18

    It's one thing getting paid whilst on trial, but wanting to get paid after being found guilty is another thing altogether. The immature sense of entitlement on display here is ludicrous.

  • Eric West - 2011-07-18 11:23

    “There is an engagement of that nature and we are applying our minds to it. The issue pertains to payment of salaries, but we are applying our minds to that,” said Mkhize. ANC chimp chatter. To be able to apply one's mind, you would need to have a brain!

  • TE-A - 2011-07-18 11:23

    LOL - April fools joke in July!!

  • Ann - 2011-07-18 11:27

    Cheeky woman! She should be too ashamed to show her face in public for what she has done to so many and most certainly doesn't deserve to be earning one more cent. Let her return to her life of "ill gotten gains!"

  • Tommy - 2011-07-18 11:29

    Hard to swallow this sh*t sometimes. Throw the wench in jail and get on with it!

  • Waheed - 2011-07-18 11:30

    What a snake. Maybe her mentality is that she deserves to be paid since she'll be contributing more to society by being imprisoned? What a joke this is, those in power seriously lack logic. PATHETIC!

  • guytom - 2011-07-18 11:30

    What a load of crap , chuck the bitch in jail . Ridiculous.

  • TheWasp - 2011-07-18 11:34

    Well the ANC will step in shortly and ask her if she wants her salary by Internet Transfer or in R200 notes... plus a bonus and nice Golden Handshake.....which for ANC Govt criminals is the norm....

  • Caz - 2011-07-18 11:35

    She should have been fired immediatley!!!! We dont want drug trafficers working for us, send her to prison!!!

  • kwbateman - 2011-07-18 11:37

    So - Perspective in UK the Police Chief quits because he went to a lodge with the phone hackers but Ms. Cwele wants to be paid. Highlights the moral decay in this country. Mr President get you rhouse in order and sweep out these people.

      halfbee - 2011-07-18 12:12


  • Dave - 2011-07-18 11:38

    convicted crimimal and she still wants to claim her salary? sad thing she probably will get reimbursed!

  • whatno - 2011-07-18 11:39

    SUSPENSIN WITHOUT PAY. That is so clear. She should be embarrased, sies lady have you lost your mind?

  • Frankie - 2011-07-18 11:41

    I don't think words exist to descibe the madness of this "context", not even in Pedi...but hey, this is Africa! (I suppose my dream should also be the African dream : to have money in my bank I have not worked for.)

  • 2c - 2011-07-18 11:46

    Go ask Mandela, I hear he grants wishes on his b'day.

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-07-18 11:46

    "convicted drug traffiker" What's the municipality waiting for? She should've been fired by now.

  • ratex - 2011-07-18 11:54

    Hay you ever noticed that our resident trolls never post on these threads? I mean where is Kongo Joe, Polony Donkey, I am currently being abused, Sir know it all Sizo the junior, Kolobe and tsepho the turd eater? Where are they now?

      King Msendi - 2011-07-18 12:05

      Gone fishing!!! Back after 30 Minutes…

      WITBUL - 2011-07-18 13:22

      They are "applying their minds" somwhere else like Cwele's lawyer...

  • Vrisbaba - 2011-07-18 11:56

    you must be f'ing joking! I hope the court throws this crap out and fines her for wasting precious court time!

  • Roger Rothner - 2011-07-18 11:56

    Why is she worried about salary if she gets more from drugs

  • Saarkie - 2011-07-18 11:59


  • RacerX - 2011-07-18 12:08

    Can I get a 10 year sentence with full pay please?

  • Badballie - 2011-07-18 12:13

    She doesn't have a case and as usual municipalities are playing a friends with benefits game instead of doing what they are paid by us to do.To my friends in Government HR 101 says that if someone is arrested or convicted of an offense then on the "balance of probability" they are guilty, there is no need to wait for anything else, dismiss this woman and if she is ever exonerated she can go to the C.C.M.A. to get her job back. Stop dragging your heels and wasting our money

      Achmed - 2011-07-18 13:06

      Most of the commentators are mixing criminal and labour law. While most entities have a criminal conviction as a dimissable offence, the person must still be actually dismissed. Theproblem here is that she is on "suspension" and have nor been dismissed. The municipal counsil must get their act together as they should have actuall DISMISSED her when she was found guilty. Then there would have been no labour issue. Unfortunately until such time as she has been actually dismissed she has rights in terms of the Labour law. In this case the council is to blame for not "applting their minds" on a timeous and correct basis.

  • omrisho - 2011-07-18 12:16

    hmmm... that's really rich, pay me for being a criminal, shakes head in disbelief - so crime really does pay by the looks of it, sheez

  • bcnw - 2011-07-18 12:16

    What a cheek...what the hell does she expect? Chuck her into jail and chuck the key away.Far away.