ON one hand Sheryl Cwele is everything a successful woman should be: an educated, independent, career woman from the emerging black middle class. Married to State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, she had it all — wealth, luxury, image and influence. And whenever she appeared in court she oozed confidence, dazzling in her fashionable attire ( Weekend Witness, May 7).
On the other hand, she portrays what is so wrong with the ANC, a party that has lost its moral bearing, glorifying wealth and power instead. Corrupt, greedy officials, not satisfied with their fat pay cheques, want more to fund their lavish lifestyles. A net salary of R29 000 a month from the Hibiscus Coast Municipality was not enough for her, so she entered the lucrative drug market.
But she wasn’t smart enough for the law: a mother of four, she and her accomplice have been convicted and face the prospect of 12 lonely, miserable years in jail. Still, it’s not as bad as Tessa Beetge, the drug mule she recruited, who is serving a seven-year jail term in a Brazilian prison. Cwele is appealing her conviction and while she awaits the outcome, she has been suspended with full pay. Lucky criminal. Had she been in the private sector, she would have been fired immediately.
T. MARKANDAN Silverglen, Chatsworth