Cwele to appeal conviction

2011-05-06 12:35

Pietermaritzburg - Sheryl Cwele, the wife of the state security minister, and her Nigerian co-accused Frank Nabolisa will appeal their drug dealing convictions, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court heard on Friday.

Cwele and Nabolisa were sentenced to 12 years in jail for drug dealing.

Delivering the sentence, Judge Piet Koen described their offence as very serious, saying that many lives were destroyed by drugs.

"Many families are affected by drugs which are brought here illegally. They suffer as a result of dealers who often initiate addiction by constant supply and thrive on that addiction."

The judge said he had considered the fact that the two were first offenders and that they had good prospects of being rehabilitated.

The minimum sentence suitable for the offence they committed was 15 years, the court heard.

- SAPA

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