Cwele’s lawyers consider options

2012-10-05 00:00

CONVICTED drug dealer Sheryl Cwele’s lawyers may still try to soften the blow meted to her when the Supreme Court of Appeal extended her sentence to 20 years.

“We are still considering our position with regard to approaching the Constitutional Court,” her attorney, Madoda Nxumalo, said yesterday.

Cwele had meanwhile braced herself to serve the 20-year sentence she began yesterday, according to her pastor.

Pastor Reggie John of the Kairos Ministries in Port Shepstone said two major issues she had to deal with ahead of her incareation were the welfare of her elderly mother and the three-year-old she had adopted.

He said he had visited her at her central Port Shesptone home during the three days between the Supreme Court of Appeal’s judgment and her reporting for prison yesterday.

John added that Cwele was obviously not pleased with the result of the appeal against her conviction.

“All along she said she was not trying to evade justice, she just wanted a fair hearing,” he said.

He also said his church would be available for the family, should they wish to talk.

Meanwhile, Marie Swanepoel of Margate, whose daughter, Tessa Beetge, is serving eight years in a Brazilian prison after Cwele and her co-accused Frank Nabolisa procured her to smuggle cocaine, said she felt “very well” knowing Cwele was behind bars. Swanepoel said she had been informed yesterday morning in a phone call from Johannesburg’s Radio 702 that Cwele had handed herself in to start serving sentence in Westville Prison.

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