‘My hands are clean,’ claims sacked do­mes­tic

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NTOKOZO Mthethwa, who was ar­rested in the Nether­lands about five weeks ago af­ter she was al­legedly found in pos­ses­sion of heroin, says she did noth­ing wrong.

The 36-year-old, orig­i­nally from Kwa­mashu, was sub­se­quently sacked by the South African am­bas­sador to Nether­lands, Bruce Koloane, as a do­mes­tic worker at his of­fi­cial res­i­dence in The Hague, where she had been work­ing since 2016.

“I did not do any­thing wrong. I’m here to work and sup­port my fam­ily in Dur­ban. My hands are clean. I don’t know who had de­liv­ered that thing to me,” she said.

Mthethwa said she was con­fi­dent the court would clear her name. She was ar­rested at the Sta­tion Den Haag HS (Sta­tion Hol­lands Spoor) rail­way sta­tion.

“I’m go­ing to com­ply with what the court or­ders me to do. I am not go­ing to run away from the jus­tice sys­tem,” she said.

Mthethwa said she went to the Nether­lands in search of a bet­ter life. “I thought my life was chang­ing for the bet­ter when I got a job at the res­i­dence of the am­bas­sador, but now that’s been shat­tered.”

Talk­ing about her fu­ture, she said she would con­tinue to stay in the Nether­lands and look for a job.

“This has be­come a sec­ond home for me. It’s dif­fi­cult for me to leave,” said Mthethwa.

Frans Zon­n­eveld, spokesper­son for the Nether­lands Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice, said if Mthethwa was found guilty, she could face be­tween three and six months in jail. “There are no min­i­mum sen­tences in our coun­try.

“The judge takes into ac­count all rel­e­vant fac­tors. They have es­tab­lished in­for­mal non-bind­ing guide­lines. For a quan­tity be­tween 200g and 500g, a prison sen­tence of three to six months is in­di­cated,” he said.

Zon­n­eveld said Mthethwa, who is out on bail, had been found with 470g of heroin and not 2.5kg, as pre­vi­ously re­ported.

The date for her trial is not known. She was re­leased con­di­tion­ally, said Zon­n­eveld.

A South African liv­ing in the Nether­lands since the 1990s said it would be dif­fi­cult for her to be em­ployed else­where if she was found guilty.

“Drugs are not a se­ri­ous of­fence in the Nether­lands, but if you are found guilty, then your life be­comes a night­mare be­cause no com­pany will em­ploy you if you have ‘drug charge cloud’ hang­ing above your

Ntokozo Mthethwa

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