Cwele will comment later on wife’s conviction

2011-05-06 07:29

State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele will comment “at the appropriate time” on his wife’s drug trafficking conviction, his spokesperson said today.

“He is obviously going to be making the necessary comments at the appropriate time on the matter,” Cwele’s spokesperson Brian Dube told Sapa.

He could not say when this would happen.

Cwele’s wife, Sheryl, was found guilty of drug trafficking in the Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday.

Judge Piet Koen said it was clear that Cwele and her co-accused Nigerian Frank Nabolisa had worked together to recruit two women to work as agents to transport drugs.
 
The two had pleaded not guilty to dealing or conspiring to deal in drugs, procuring a woman called 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’s witness.

The court was expected to start sentencing procedures today.

Dube said he did not know if the minister would attend.

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