Court to hear Sheryl Cwele's appeal

2012-08-15 16:04

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.

  • ann.murray.9279 - 2012-08-15 16:18

    I cannot believe the gall of this woman! She is a parasite!!!!!! You have been found guilty of a crime that many of us would be put in jail for. We would have a criminal record and would find it extremely difficult to find another job. But because you believe you are more important than the rest of us, the rules should be bent. STOP LOOKING AT THE DOOR THAT HAS CLOSED AND START TO REBUILD YOUR LIFE LIKE ANY OTHER CRIMINAL WOULD HAVE TO SHERYL. AND OH, STOP CRYING INTO YOUR BEER AND GET A LIFE!!!!!

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-08-15 16:32

      She will be found guilty and sent to prison where she will suddenly be found to be suffering from a fatal disease and let out to die at home. In about 30-40 years from now.

  • paul.heyns.3 - 2012-08-15 16:21

    ROT IN JAIL!!!!

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-15 16:54

    There is only one sentence for drug dealers and that is the death penalty because they are in effect murderers. However in SA, with our humanist liberal laws where the criminal has more rights than the victim, they should get life at the least!

  • michael.freeman.16752 - 2012-08-15 17:17

    12 Years is not long enough.

  • gerard.currin - 2012-08-15 18:03

    This kind of vermin should rot in jail. She was the Director for Health at the Hibiscus Municipality and the rate payers had to pay her salary for months while she played games with the courts.

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