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Ambassador fires domestic over alleged drugs link

Publish date: 03 December 2018
Issue Number: 802
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Criminal

SA’s 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 KwaMashu, north of Durban, got the job at Koloane’s official residence in 2016. The Sunday Tribune says it has learnt that the police in the Netherlands had been watching her closely for some time before her arrest. It’s alleged that at the time she was arrested, Mthethwa was in possession of 2.5kg of heroin which had been sent to her place of work. It is believed she was arrested while handing over the parcel to two men. The Sunday Tribune says Mthethwa was released on bail and was subsequently fired by Koloane. Koloane was posted to the Netherlands after he took the blame for allowing the Gupta family to land their private plane at the Waterkloof Airforce 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.

Full Sunday Tribune report (subscription needed)