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State wants stiffer sentence for Cwele

2012-06-14 22:51

Johannesburg - The State intends asking the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein to extend convicted drug dealer Sheryl Cwele's 12-year prison term to 20 years.

Cwele, the former wife of State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, and Nigerian Frank Nabolisa, were convicted in May 2011 of recruiting two women to transport drugs from South America.

State prosecutor Ian Cooke, in papers lodged with the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg this week, said he would ask the court to extend Cwele's sentence following the decision by the court to uphold a 20-year sentence on Heinrich Carl Keyser.

Keyser was arrested in Johannesburg in December 2004 for bringing 6.5kg of cocaine from Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Cooke said in Keyser's case, the Supreme Court of Appeal upheld the 20-year sentence due to the seriousness of the offence.

Cooke said: "Cwele and Nabolisa's crimes are much more serious. The mass of cocaine [10kg] found in the luggage of the mule used by Cwele and Nabolisa, Tessa Beetge, was greater than Keyser's.

"They were the organisers of the crime. Their moral reprehensibility far exceeds that of the mules," he said.

In Keyser's initial trial, the arresting officers said when his bag was first checked by airport security staff, it smelt of brake fluid, used by smugglers to throw sniffer dogs off the scent.

When Keyser's bag was placed in an X-ray machine, it was not possible to identify the contents because of how tightly Keyser's clothes had been packed.

When the bag was searched officers found cocaine wrapped in plastic. Keyser admitted he had booked the bag in, but said he had done it for someone named Beiro in Sao Paulo, said Cooke.

Keyser said he was told to bring the bag to Johannesburg and leave it in the airport's customs hall, where someone would collect it.

Nabolisa was in custody and Cwele out on R100 000 bail pending their appeal against the convictions.

Cwele and Nabolisa's appeal was expected to be heard in August.

Comments
  • corrie.marell - 2012-06-14 23:40

    JUST LOCK HER UP FOREVER - AND HER (EX??)HUSBAND IS A USELESS MINSTER OF STATE SECURITY - IF THIS IS WAHT WE ARE FACED WITH = GOD (I'M AN ATHIEST) HELP US

      corrie.marell - 2012-06-14 23:46

      SORRY SPELLING IS NOT MY FAVOURITE WHAT AND ATHEIST >>> SORRY SPELLING IS NOT MY FAVOURITE - WHAT (SORRY) AND ATHIEST ???

      zaatheist - 2012-06-15 04:24

      Oh just stop shouting. And it is spelled "atheist."

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-15 09:59

      Leonard, don't get your knickers in a knot - sometimes they just don't go through. So chill.

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-06-15 00:29

    Please don't worst tax payers money execute this bastard.

      Emile - 2012-06-15 00:54

      its a woman... so technically she is a bitch

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-15 09:57

      Emile, that's very rude. You are implying that because she is female she is a bitch. Remember all bitches are female, but not all of them are bitches - that's true and not even rude.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-15 11:30

      Bless, and not all men are bastards. Get off your soap box, it wobbles.

  • Wayne - 2012-06-15 07:30

    Absolutely in agreement with a stiffer sentence for this beauty. But what about investigating her ex husband? Minister of State Security and he didnt know what his wife was up to? Please, give me a break! And as for Beetge; do you want to tell me she INNOCENTLY carried a parcel of unknown contents, WEIGHING 10KG'S, for which she was going to be handsomely paid, and didnt smell a rat or suspect anything untoward? PUH-LEASE! Take the medicine and do your time.

      Hannes Truter - 2012-06-15 07:59

      Wayne I agree one can smell a rat here!! But you know these people like the smell of rats....

  • Hannes Truter - 2012-06-15 07:54

    Do you notice something; Cwele, Cele & Selebe.... who's the next lele!?

  • WitWolf - 2012-06-15 08:11

    Well. That's a very good idea. More tax money down the drain to feed this criminal...

  • Jacqui - 2012-06-15 11:28

    In the meantime the lady is at home enjoying income she doesn't deserve and her husband is at his Minsiterial job as if nothing happend. Only in this corrupt country, only here.

      Victor Mfundisi Msiza - 2013-08-21 08:02

      S.A.is just a banana Republic

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