Am­bas­sador fires do­mes­tic over drugs

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NATION - Lungani Zungu

THE South African am­bas­sador to the Nether­lands, Bruce Koloane, has fired his do­mes­tic worker af­ter she was ar­rested for posses­sion of drugs in The Hague. Ntokozo Mthethwa, orig­i­nally from Dur­ban, got the job at Koloane’s of­fi­cial res­i­dence in 2016. In­de­pen­dent Me­dia learnt that the po­lice in the Nether­lands had been watch­ing her closely for some time be­fore her ar­rest at the Sta­tion Den Haag HS (Sta­tion Hol­lands Spoor) four weeks ago. It’s al­leged at the time when she was caught, Mthethwa was in posses­sion of 2.5kg of heroin which had been sent to her place of work. How­ever, lo­cal po­lice had al­ready placed a tracker on it to de­ter­mine its fi­nal desti­na­tion. It’s be­lieved that she was ar­rested while hand­ing over the par­cel to two men. In­de­pen­dent Me­dia un­der­stands that Mthethwa was re­leased on bail and was sub­se­quently fired by Koloane.

Ndi­vhuwo Mabaya, spokesper­son of the De­part­ment of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Co-op­er­a­tion (Dirco), con­firmed the ar­rest.

It’s not the first time that scan­dal has fol­lowed the am­bas­sador. In 2013, Koloane was the chief pro­to­col of­fi­cer at Dirco when the Gupta fam­ily landed their pri­vate plane full of wed­ding guests at the Waterk­loof Air Force Base in Pre­to­ria, a na­tional key point and not open to pri­vate cit­i­zens. Many re­garded him as the “fall guy” for for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, who has close ties with the Gupta fam­ily. |

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