Sheryl Cwele's salary reinstated

2011-07-21 11:43

Durban - Hibiscus Coast municipal manager Sbu Mkhize has explained why the salary of convicted drug trafficker Sheryl Cwele was reinstated.

Cwele was convicted and sentenced to 12 years for drug trafficking with her co-accused, Nigerian Frank Nabolisa. After she was suspended without pay with effect from June 10, Cwele took the council to the Labour Court to reverse a council resolution regarding her salary. Papers were later filed with the council.

Mkhize said the municipality resolved to request a postponement of the court hearing to allow it time for a thorough consultation, to weigh up the legal costs of the court process and to research whether a precedent has been set in a similar situation.

Following this process, and consultation with all political parties within the municipality, the council realised that the chances of successfully opposing Cwele were slim, the municipal manager said.

“When the case sat on Wednesday July 13, 2011, the municipality acceded to Mrs Cwele’s submission.”

Cwele is now on suspension with full pay, pending the outcome of the disciplinary hearing, Mkhize said, adding that the hearing is at an advanced stage and the committee chairperson could soon determine the sanction.

“We understand and are aware of the interest this has within the public and mainly the media. As the municipality we will ensure to give an update whenever it is necessary. However, we would not like to speculate on sentiments hence due to processes that have to be observed and respected,” Mkhize said.

  • PMG - 2011-07-21 11:47

    This can only happen in a banana republic - no other country on the planet will tolerate such a travesty of justice.

      MandlaSithole - 2011-07-21 11:55

      Hawu!! This person is a convicted criminal. She should be further investigated by the state to find out if she used state resources to do crime. If so, the state should take further action against her not reinstate her salary.

      O-Kay - 2011-07-21 11:56

      Of course there are countries who will.... there's Libya, Zimbabwe...etc

      Mnr. Smith - 2011-07-21 12:01

      Its all about who you know, screw justice, right?

      Zizo Snr - 2011-07-21 12:14

      I will never understand our "Justice" and "Democracy"!!! shocked...

      Worldwise - 2011-07-21 12:14

      Why does she need a disciplinary hearing from the municipality? A court of law is higher than any municipal disciplinary tribunal and has already found her guilty. She loses her pay from the day she has been found guilty. If you are a public servant and sentenced to prison your dismissal is effective from the day of sentencing. Or do wives of ANC members have more priveledges than others?

      Bridget - 2011-07-21 12:17

      No doubt we the taxpayer paid all her court costs as well...

      DeonL - 2011-07-21 12:22

      Stupid of the municipality not to follow procedure. Carry on with the disciplinary hearing and then fire her. Our labour laws are very strict.

      Eric West - 2011-07-21 12:23

      How long can a disciplinary hearing take to decide? She's been found guilty and sentenced by a court of law. That is enough for instant dismissal!! Won't surprise me one bit if the council is busy negotiating one of their famous ANC golden handshakes!

      Francois - 2011-07-21 12:25

      Let her wash the floors and the dishes and clean the windows and clean the Aids clinic. She certainly has the capacity to do that job.

      squeegeepilot - 2011-07-21 12:37

      Was she given the right to appeal her conviction? If so, she is going to drag this out forever - on full pay. Who said crime doesn't pay? Obviously the person had never visited South Africa.

      BigD - 2011-07-21 12:41

      What gets me going is that she has been convicted and now the municipality pays her salary. How can this be?

      Master debat - 2011-07-21 12:46

      This lady should have resigned let alone been fired. The mind boggles. We can read just fine but 80% of the voters simply have no clue what is going on to make any rational decisions. They are busy worrying about living hand to mouth to really get involved in any politics. How are we going to solve this ? Once more there is no will from the masses. WE ARE ALL SUFFERING AND ITS ENOUGH ALREADY !

      Spade - 2011-07-21 12:48

      My sentiments exactly! Banana Republic!!!

      SirMark - 2011-07-21 12:50

      The ANC and crime .... DOES PAY . the tax payers of South Africa are being ripped off badly by this useless government and their useless laws .

      kpd108 - 2011-07-21 13:04

      Can Can't believe this circus!!!

      Captainmorgan - 2011-07-21 13:14

      She probably got an increase and a bonus too!!

      Fred - 2011-07-21 13:18

      @PMG- We must be the only banana republic that pays its government or municipal employees to deal in drugs. I think the writing is on the wall for this country. We must be the laughing stock of the world. Pathetic !!

      umlaut - 2011-07-21 13:37

      This convicted criminal doesn't deserve respect from anyone needless to say getting a salary--when you are found guilty you are fired automatically and if your appeal succeeds then only can you apply to get a salary again plus back pay.---she could have been responsible for somebodies child to get addicted to drugs together with all the pain and suffering that goes with it.

      Vernon - 2011-07-21 13:49

      Blame the Hibiscus Municipality for dragging their feet after the verdict.The enquiry should have been held straight after the trail and the approppriate sanction(dismissal)given.Now...egg in the face.

      legens - 2011-07-21 14:09

      the only thing still running and operating in this country..... the gravy train

      cliffarc - 2011-07-21 14:18

      - Is there any justification left, to continue paying taxes to this rotten , useless Govt ? - @ zizo - refreshing comment from you. This is what you get for your Anc vote.

      hugsxhisses - 2011-07-21 15:10

      What a joke!! Take the disgraced Sheryl off the payroll. She has violated the terms of her employment. Why wait for the outcome of her appeal. Let her pay back all the salaries and bonuses she earned from her job as head of HEALTH SERVICES during the time she was drug dealing. What did the cow do to deserve her bonuses? And how did she do it? right in the very house, under the nose of her husband the 'national minister for state security'? Kick them out, both Siyabonga Cwele and his disgraced drug dealing wife, Sheryl, lock her up and send him with his bags packing.... wasn't the b*tch sentenced to 12 years in jail? Talk about a culture of entitlement. These individuals personify everything that is wrong with South Africa today!!!

      HumanKind - 2011-07-21 15:39

      A "lead pill" will sort this b@@ch out

      cuz - 2011-07-21 15:52

      Have you NO SHAME Sheryl Cwele? All she and her state minister husband have shown us is contempt for the rule of law and a total disregard for anything other than their own personal greed. In SA there are two sets of laws, one for the elite and one for the rest of us. The Cwelse's are just another reason NOT to vote for the ANC. ... Shame on them. They are a disgrace.

      DW - 2011-07-21 16:51

      There are a lot of convicted criminals in government so it might be reasonable to say that the terms of her contract do not clearly state that if she is a convicted criminal they would be entitled to fire her. Only if she was dishonest in her duties. This might be the loophole that she is using. However, Wasnt there some question as to the validity of her "qualification"? If she lied about her qualification and got appointed on that basis, they CAN fire her for that as it directly impacts on her job. They must get a move on with the hearing and get rid of her - and the person who appointed her without checking her qualifications

      Met - 2011-07-21 18:03

      Give her an increase and a bonus

      subtle59 - 2011-07-22 07:44

      Jerry Jerry Jerry

      pierreedge - 2011-07-22 13:52

      ...Injustice for all as they say. it's just baffling, and the reasons given are unbelievable :" due to processes that have to be observed and respected" By the way,it's not the most important but how much are we talking about here?

      cliffarc - 2011-07-23 11:26

      - Surely a promotion must also be on the cards.

  • 1gascan - 2011-07-21 11:49

    That's how we roll in SA - pay the criminals... Any wrong-doing should be immediate suspension without pay pending the outcome! Why full pay? Guilty as charged is a good enough reason to revoke the salary!

      Dominic - 2011-07-21 12:38

      She has powerful connections. I guess she'll be suspended on full pay for the duration of her prison sentence.

      Anonymous Thinker - 2011-07-21 12:40

      Guilty as charged is enough reason to immediately dismiss!!!

      biskit - 2011-07-21 13:34

      Banana anyone?

      peter the gr - 2011-07-21 14:16

      Dominic . . . what prison sentence?? She won't serve 1 day in there!!!!

      PB - 2011-07-21 14:21

      So, when she is finally found to be guilty in the disciplinary hearing - AS ALREADY DECLARED BY A JUDGE - what happens then? Is she then supposed to pay back the salary and endless benefits that she received mahala while sitting at home? Guess you can kiss that goodbye.

      johan - 2011-07-21 15:08


      werner.smidt - 2011-07-22 07:32

      @Dominic What prison sentence? Tomorrow she's terminally ill. High-5 Shaik etc.

  • winter123 - 2011-07-21 11:50

    You're effin kidding me!!! Unbelievable... I feel powerless, justice means nothing anymore. Aijaijai...

      kolobe - 2011-07-21 15:39

      this is incompetence

      PunkBuster - 2011-07-22 15:06

      WOW... Im flabagasted... But then again, should we really be that surprised

  • TBOOZE - 2011-07-21 11:51

    like ive said it before they where just wasting tax payers money for the court case because they had no legal grounds not to pay her , next time put people who qualify for these kinds of positions because these stupid decisions are costing us

  • Bidartbru - 2011-07-21 11:54

    Corruption and intimidation at its finest....

  • O-Kay - 2011-07-21 11:54

    I am without words! They can't be serious!

  • Lulu - 2011-07-21 11:56

    Crime really does pay in SA!!!

  • partykarate87 - 2011-07-21 11:56

    The fact that she can still legally challenge for her salary EVEN after conviction is shocking to say the least!!!

  • Biko Lives - 2011-07-21 11:57

    Proving once more that our democracy works! This is not a cow boy state everybody is entitled to their rights and Cwele used our courts to prove that! Those who are against this are the enemy of democracy and what it stands for!

      gmain - 2011-07-21 12:01

      I am at least one person who is the enemy of drug dealers.... somehow i am not suprised that u support her .... u ijut.

      Freelance Writer - 2011-07-21 12:06

      Biko, the only problem with your rancid little argument is that the courts were not used. Her employer backed down. Of course, you have now proved that you side with people who are convicted criminals, making anything else you say on this forum worth even less.

      Nkulekweni - 2011-07-21 12:12

      Biko lives I detest the fact that you use the name of a great man who died fighting for freedom to defend the indefensible. Grow up!!!

      Bachbabe - 2011-07-21 12:31

      Biko Lives, the court found her guilty and sentenced her. That's proving democracy works. That she succeeded in getting her pay back is CORRUPTION and NEPOTISM, not democracy.

      squeegeepilot - 2011-07-21 12:34

      Unfortunately we have moved from a Democracy to an Idiocracy

      Jo - 2011-07-21 13:13

      Biko does live on - in the hearts of anyone who believes in dignity as he did. You don't seem to one of those people. How degrading to South Africa's people that you celebrate when a convicted criminal uses a loophole to rip off state coffers. You do not represent the hard-working and decent majority of South Africans at all.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-07-21 13:34

      oh come off it Biko Lives... it appears that there is only justice and democracy for those who can buy it. Stop trying to defend the indefensible. I'm sure Biko wouldn't even waste his breath trying to defend this woman. She's a person who does not matter.

      bar-one - 2011-07-21 14:21

      Only one word for you - its round and smells like a turd

      Fedup - 2011-07-21 16:21

      Biko, your a real nut case, do you know that drugs kill people!!! She has put 2 ladies in jail while she sits at home in her comfort and gets paid for it ........ the b*&^h should be in jail

      Lab-Rat - 2011-07-21 16:41

      Unreal how these sheep justify anything their precious party does.

  • iDubula - 2011-07-21 11:57

    Regardless of the fact she should be in jail right now earning points with her new "husband", a disciplinary hearing should take no longer than 1 week to finalise. Wonder how long they are going to drag this out so she can get her full pay on suspension. But then again, why be surprised - this was all part of the behind-the-doors negotiations in the first place... Hey Piggy and Poloyamonki, how do you feel about your childrens future education money being given to this criminal as legal pay?? Does it give you a warm and fuzzy feeling??????????

      Dermot - 2011-07-21 15:52

      What money for education.??? did you not know that they are going for free breanded condoms, free sanitory pads,free EDUCATION and free anything else that moves

  • Diwe - 2011-07-21 11:58


      kalabafazi - 2011-07-21 12:43

      That sums it up for me too

  • - 2011-07-21 11:59

    If the Hibiscus council had any sense it would work day and night to expedite the disciplinary hearing, find against the convicted drug trafficker and fire her. Not a moment should be wasted! I'm sure the people inthe Hibiscus district do not deserve to be defrauded any more by this truly evil woman.

      S bouttell - 2011-07-21 12:03

      yep. only way to fix the problem is to follow the process, have the hearing, dismiss her correctly. Otherwise, she will take the council to court for unfair dismissal and it will just cost more. Unfortunately, the labour matter has to be seen as a different matter to the criminal issue. It is simply the way the law works.

      croix - 2011-07-21 12:34

      If a properly structured EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT was signed and in place, this would never happen! If you agreed and signed a contract with the council - that a criminal conviction is valid reason to FIRE YOU WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT, then you wouldn't have any arguments, now would you? 'Shows what "gross incompetence" accomplishes for ratepayers !!

      kalabafazi - 2011-07-21 12:44

      A convicted criminal is reason to go to jail. What the hell are they worried about firing her for!?

      DW - 2011-07-21 16:19

      There are a lot of convicted criminals in government so it might be reasonable to say that the terms of her contract do not clearly state that if she is a convicted criminal they would be entitled to fire her. Only if she was dishonest in her duties. This might be the loophole that she is using. However, Wasnt there some question as to the validity of her "qualification"? If she lied about her qualification and got appointed on that basis, they CAN fire her for that as it directly impacts on her job. They must get a move on with the hearing and get rid of her - and the person who appointed her without checking her qualifications

      Chillepeppa - 2011-07-22 08:18

      Well, then even if there is a loophole regarding her getting fired... or not as a result of her criminal convictions, she must then apply for leave (as in annual) until that is done, and then, apply for unpaid leave, like the rest of us plebs do at our jobs if we need to be absent for an extended period of time. And then apply for UIF...

  • Mnr. Smith - 2011-07-21 12:01

    Its all about who you know, screw justice, right?

      S bouttell - 2011-07-21 12:15

      Justice takes a back seat in most countries - unfortunately it's all about who has the better lawyer these days.

      allie - 2011-07-21 12:21

      It`s all about who you screw,Know justice.Right.

      Mnr. Smith - 2011-07-21 12:44

      @ allie true, true No justice...

  • - 2011-07-21 12:04

    And let this be a lesson to other councils: it is imperative that anyone who draws a salary/wages/pay from public coffers has to sign a proper and binding contract with clauses stipulating performance and, most important, ethics.

      crackerr - 2011-07-21 12:47

      There should be no reason why it must be required to sign contracts to bring decency and common sense into the employment relationship or any other relationship. You can exclude the good but then only between the two parties and without binding the rest of us tax payers and the public. What we are seeing is going too far.

  • Janine - 2011-07-21 12:04

    They shouldn't need to look up or consult anything - she is guilty of an offence and has been sentenced to jail time. No more pay for her!

  • JMan - 2011-07-21 12:07

    This has got to be a joke...a convicted drug trafficker takes a municipality to court and wins without even going to actual court.... what is SA becoming??? Sad.

      bill - 2011-07-21 12:37

      a nation of criminal amoral scum led by jacob "get out of jail free" zuma.Blacks should hang their heads in shame at electing this gang.

  • WhySoAngry? - 2011-07-21 12:07

    hahahahahaha only in SA can you be a convicted drug trafficker and still get FULL SALARY i am assuming she will get her back pay as well!!!

  • Made_In_SA - 2011-07-21 12:08

    Let me try and understand this... You hold a public office,your husband is also a public figure in Gov, you are convicted of smuggling/running drugs and you now get pissy because you want your pay check and your job? Most semi normal(read with integrity) public figures in this situation would have committed suicide from the shame and embarrassment of being caught out, So do us the favour sheryl, either shut the f#ck up and resign or commit suicide you skanky hoe as you are a disgrace.

      Zizo Snr - 2011-07-21 12:16

      Very harsh but agreed!!!

      Spirit - 2011-07-21 12:25

      I agree 100 % with MISA - but in response to MISA’s questions, she has no integrity, behaves without honesty and has no chance of seeing these comments. I must be honest I do not F****** believe what is becoming of this country and the lack of leadership!

      croix - 2011-07-21 12:36

      Sy kannie bloos nie, broer!

      Unskinny Bob - 2011-07-21 12:41

      ANC knows no honour.

      eagleye - 2011-07-21 13:54

      Flippen "aparthate" thought everyone how to skenive !!!!

      daaivark - 2011-07-21 13:55

      Not a chance, MISA.... Judging from the woman's demanour in court, she seemed almost proud of herself.

  • Nkulekweni - 2011-07-21 12:10

    Are you kidding me? Can this happen for real? What is this planet we are living on. Did she not sign a contract with her employers..Did she not breach terms of the contract by being involved in drug trafficking...What kind of person is this anyway who feels so entitled to tax payers' money? Jeezus what did we do to deserve these people?

      maseratifitt - 2011-07-21 19:53

      "We" voted.

  • derkus - 2011-07-21 12:11

    when is she going to be senteneced?

      Dilika - 2011-07-21 16:17

      But she is already sentenced which other sentence do you want.

  • Ben - 2011-07-21 12:11

    This story is the epitome of South Africa's government's way of thinking and "logic"....Just a bunch of criminals giving each other the reach around.. We are run by criminals. Fact.

  • MarcusMagnus - 2011-07-21 12:12

    These people have no Balls

  • crackerr - 2011-07-21 12:14

    Something seriously wrong in this country. Criminality and unacceptable behaviour too deeply imbedded in the nation's soul. So the inevitable. The jurists and government manipulate the law to adjust to the criminal mind's tendencies and excuses. Think it through. It seems accurate.

      maseratifitt - 2011-07-21 20:46

      crackerr: I'm tinkin', I'm tinkin'. An I be tinkin' you rite. Our "democracy" is based on populism and not reason and justice. Otherwise people like Motata, Mc. Bride, Selebi, Brown,the Swiss loverboy,Cele,many other ANC crooks and even Zuma, would have been behind bars a long time ago.

  • SGL - 2011-07-21 12:16

    Unfreakinbelievable! This country's politicians are turning our country into a joke - and a bad one at that!

  • - 2011-07-21 12:16

    What a Joke only in SA with ANC buddies could you get this right. Found guilty and still get paid if case takes years who cares my comrad is getting her share of the gravy train.

  • thabo.tebele - 2011-07-21 12:16

    Out of words,puzzled.

  • howardg - 2011-07-21 12:18

    Why not use the money for service delivery

      Scorpion - 2011-07-21 13:46

      Are you trying to be funny?

  • allie - 2011-07-21 12:18

    Mkhize was made an offer he could`t refuse.F...n thieving swines.

  • Darwinian - 2011-07-21 12:18

    then you ask why the UK doesnt trust this sick country's justice system......

  • Badger - 2011-07-21 12:18

    "WTF" can you believe this cr@p ???? @ Ployio, TSHEPO, Biko Lives and the rest of the clan, is this what you want to see, hear and accept???? Now tell me you LOVE the ANC, Maleeeemmma, and everything else that happens in ths country. The minute your pigmentation is of a "darker colour" you get away with murder, drug dealing, drunken judges on full pay of R5 mil a year ??? Yip, I love this place, please keep voting them in "P.L.E.A.S.E."

      howardg - 2011-07-21 12:24

      Leave the country "P.L.E.A.S.E"

      Badger - 2011-07-21 12:29

      howardg ? sure buddy. Just give me that piss-cat judges annual salary of R5 mil PLUS perks and half the booze he swigs and I'm "OUTTA HERE" As for you, let me guess. Tonight you going sit around the cooking fire and speak with the elders as how you can also screw the country?????

      mike - 2011-07-21 12:43

      @howardg no , we want thieving scum like you to leave the country

  • Kevin King - 2011-07-21 12:23

    If a president of a country can get away with corruption then this is highly possible.

  • Badger - 2011-07-21 12:23

    "Why is everyone so surprised?" Carte Blanche on Sunday, they bust 4 cops with stolen copper and it was "thrown out of court" for no arrarent reason. Eish, I don't know, the judge just threw it out. The cops got their car, copper, cash and everything else back. Nice Ne?

  • Janette - 2011-07-21 12:25

    here we go again another criminal getting more from the txa

  • - 2011-07-21 12:26

    "Determine the sanction"?????? She is a convicted drug trafficker-how can there be any question about the outcome? In the private sector this would be grounds for immediate dismissal. What a disgrace.

  • umlaut - 2011-07-21 12:27

    The person in the municipality who ok'd this must now be investigated-surely there is a 'connection' there--say half of the salary in bribes will go to this person--not a bad deal at the tax payer's expense---Who is doing her work now?--they must pay double now for the other person to do her work-!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!The SA flag must be redesigned---A black banana in a coffin---we are now the banana republic due to black anc maladministration and SA is already almost dead in a coffin. Not long now and the lid can be put on and sent for cremation.

  • bill - 2011-07-21 12:28

    The bitch should be in jail.Throw her off the property.Criminal scum.

  • zibbalans - 2011-07-21 12:30

    Surprise surprise....

  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-07-21 12:32

    She must sit - for as long or longer than Tessa Beetge has and is. In jail.

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-07-21 12:40

    So does this mean that if I ever become a convicted criminal I can also claim full salary and not be immediately dismissed? Freaking awesome!!

  • daaivark - 2011-07-21 12:43

    I don't understand why a disciplnary hearing is required. The woman was convicted os a very serious crime. This is just insane.

  • erno.v.dyk - 2011-07-21 12:43

    South Africa, the newest Banana Republic, where convicted criminals can still demand full pay while suspended i.e.: She is not allowed to work because of her conviction but she will still get full pay while doing nothing! How is this looking out for the poor of this country? Now I can fully understand why our municipalities are bankrupt. Send this woman to jail, GO directly to jail, do not pass 'begin' and do NOT collect any money! This is just plain sick!

  • unrealchris - 2011-07-21 12:45

    The chances were slim!!!!!! WHAT BS!!!!

  • mike - 2011-07-21 12:46

    I really dont know what all the fuss is abount , after all it is the ANC way

  • alexander taylor - 2011-07-21 12:48

    you could not make this up , for f**ksake, thank god my taxes will not go to paying for this kind of s**t anymore

  • Who Knew - 2011-07-21 12:51

    She should be fine and get away with it just as long as she does not spill a drink on Zuma.

  • ZACKIE - 2011-07-21 12:52

    geting paid to be a convicted criminal anc looks after their own very well

  • Ogre - 2011-07-21 12:53

    The person or persons that supplied legal advise to the Hibiscus council on which their highly suspect descision was based should have their degrees revoked(if they have any qualifications at all) as Cele's legal challenge can only be successful if her conviction is overturned. Once again the Hibiscus council has shown its voters the middle finger, as well as indirectly showing people that it is ok to be a criminal and encourages the feeding of drugs to our children. It is time the authorities stands up to these leeches on humanity at shows the voters that they are serious in doing their jobs!

  • missmazwi - 2011-07-21 12:55

    The Mind Boggles. The wife of the Minister of State Security is a Drug Smuggler and a convicted Drug Smuggler no less. The mind boggles.

  • Terence - 2011-07-21 12:56

    We should change the rules to read any person who is suspended for diciplinary reasons should immediatly go to half pay. If they are found not guilty then they get reimbursed the the other 50% back to day 1. If they are found guilty and dismissed then the 50% that they have been paid should be reclaimable from them. (pension fund, civil liability case etc.)

  • A View - 2011-07-21 12:58

    Why is this person still employed. The process should be that if you are suspended you are suspended without pay and any money owing will only be reinstated if you are found not guilty through the discipinary process. As it is right now a person is supended with full pay and the discipilary process could take months if not years to conbcluded and if the person is untimately found guilty then all the salary spend while on suspension and being guilty is lost, its bizar The processes that this country has developed begs understanding. Pathetic.