Court to hear Sheryl Cwele's appeal

2012-08-15 16:04
Drug dealing convict Sheryl Cwele (File, Beeld)

Drug dealing convict Sheryl Cwele (File, Beeld)

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Bloemfontein - The Supreme Court of Appeal will on Thursday hear an appeal by Sheryl Cwele and Nigerian Frank Nabolisa against their convictions and sentences.

Cwele, former wife of State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, and Nabolisa were convicted of drug dealing in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.

Cwele, 50, was appealing against her conviction only, while Nabolisa was appealing both his conviction and sentence.

Cwele and Nabolisa were found guilty in May 2011 of recruiting two women to transport drugs.

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

According to papers filed at the Supreme Court of Appeal, Cwele wanted the court to look at whether her guilt had been established beyond a reasonable doubt.

While she may have arranged for the two women to travel overseas, she did not know it was for a nefarious purpose, she submitted in papers.

The SCA was also asked to consider whether the only inference to be drawn from the proven facts was that Cwele and Nabolisa had jointly recruited drug mules.

Nabolisa was in custody, and Cwele out on R100 000 bail, pending their appeals.
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