Cwele awaits her fate

2011-05-06 08:45

There was a solemn atmosphere at the Pietermaritzburg High Court today when the state security minister’s wife and her Nigerian co-accused appeared for argument regarding their sentence.

Sheryl Cwele, the wife of state security minister, Siyabonga Cwele, and her co-accused Frank Nabolisa were found guilty of drug dealing.

A visibly grave Cwele arrived in court just before 9am accompanied by sad looking friends and relatives.

Finding Cwele and Nabolisa guilty yesterday, Judge Piet Koen said it was clear they worked together to recruit two women as agents to transport drugs.

They had pleaded not guilty of dealing or conspiring to deal in drugs, procuring a woman, Charmaine Moss, to collect drugs in Turkey, and procuring another woman, Tessa Beetge, to smuggle cocaine from South America.

Beetge, of the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, was arrested when 10kg of cocaine was found in her luggage in Brazil in 2008, and is serving a jail sentence in Sao Paolo.

Moss, who was told to go overseas and pick up a parcel with unspecified contents, turned down the offer when she suspected something was amiss. She turned state witness.

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