Cwele judgment put on hold

2011-05-04 10:50

Judgment in the drug-trafficking case against the state security minister’s wife was put on hold at the Pietermaritzburg High Court today.

The State today brought an application for the reopening of its case against Sheryl Cwele, the wife of minister Siyabonga Cwele.

State Advocate Johan du Toit had filed papers for reopening the State’s case against Cwele and her co-accused, Frank Nabolisa, the Pietermaritzburg High Court heard.

Both Cwele and Nabolisa have opposed the application and the arguments will be heard tomorrow. The State closed its case early this year and it now wants to introduce new evidence.

Judge Piet Koen had been expected to deliver his judgment this morning.

The State alleges that Cwele and Nabolisa conspired to use two women as drug mules.

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

Beetge 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 turned state witness.

Both Nabolisa and Cwele decided not to take the witness stand.

State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele did not attend judgment proceedings today.

“He is not coming. He is in Swaziland. Maybe he will come later,” said his wife.

The minister attended his wife’s bail application last year.

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