Cwele drug case witness still a no-show

2010-10-13 08:26

Charmaine Moss, state witness in the drug trafficking trial involving the state security minister’s wife, did not arrive in court again today.

The trial could not continue yesterday because the witness was in a poor emotional state. The state was expected to start to call other witnesses this morning.

The case against Frank Nabolisa and Sheryl Cwele, 42, director of health at the Hibiscus Coast Municipality on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, began on Monday.

Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

Cwele and Nabolisa allegedly conspired to recruit Moss and Tessa Beetge as drug mules.

Beetge is currently serving an eight-year jail sentence in Sao Paulo, Brazil, after 10kg of raw cocaine was found in her luggage.

Cwele and Nabolisa were arrested in January and face three charges – dealing or conspiring to deal in drugs; procuring Moss to collect drugs in Turkey; and procuring Beetge to smuggle 10kg of cocaine from South America.

Beetge was allegedly promised a job in London, but was sent to Brazil where she was arrested.

Cwele was granted R100 000 bail on February 5. Nabolisa was denied bail because the court considered him a flight risk.

Moss testified on Monday but told the state yesterday she was in a poor emotional state. The nature of her problem was not divulged.

She was supposed to be cross-examined by Cwele’s advocate Mvuseni Ngubane.

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