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.

  • 1gascan - 2011-05-06 12:38

    In these types of cases there shouldn't even be an option to appeal! You should have thought about what you were doing before you did it!

      Oukoos - 2011-05-06 12:54

      As the wife of a minister she will be pardoned and out in no time. The ANC looks after their own

      Theuns - 2011-05-06 13:36

      Just saw this now....anybody thought how she manage to get involved in this...Strange that her husband is the State security minster... Sounds like some-one gave her a hand getting the drugs in and out of the country...SNAKE IN THE GRASS i say...go much further but as we all know nothing is going to happen to her...

      paulf - 2011-05-06 13:46

      How can one appeal when you are found guilty????

      Snoobab - 2011-05-06 14:11

      Why is there always a Nigerian involved.... stop dealing in drugs and refrain from sending me scam emails stating that I have 15 000 000 pounds in inheritance waiting for me in the UK, I only need to pay a small administration fee. eff off and contribute to the GDP by conventional means like an 8-5 job.

  • Judge DREAD - 2011-05-06 12:41

    PUT HER AWAY !!!! Let justice be done for a change !!

  • Jawellnofine - 2011-05-06 12:43

    The minimum sentence suitable for the offence they committed was 15 years .... Cwele and Nabolisa were sentenced to 12 years. Am I missing something here? Is the minimum just a suggestion? Why specify a minimum if it is not applied?

      catbrains - 2011-05-06 12:46

      it was a white judge and he was scared to send them to jail for 15 years

      Barry - 2011-05-06 12:56

      @Jawellnofine Connections

      daaivark - 2011-05-06 13:00

      Reporters seem to be confused between the the words minimum and maximum. They seem to have been used interchangeably through all the many articles that have appeared. This one I think cannot be put on the judge, but on really shocking English of reporters. The previous article gave a MAXIMUM of 15 years and no minimum mentioned. Such completely inane reporting is common nowadays. @ catbrains: You seem well suited to your name. Your statement is absurd.

      DeonL - 2011-05-06 13:02

      Maybe he is afraid Zuma might fire him.

      saabnut - 2011-05-06 13:22

      Sorry to be so cynical, but I thought the norm in this country was NOT to impose minimum sentences. Or is that just a facade for Yengeni, Shaik, Boesak, Selebi... Oh, my gosh! I can't type them all- there isn't space in this column!!!

      daaivark - 2011-05-06 13:38

      Thanks for being so very articulate, catbrains.

  • YourNightmare - 2011-05-06 12:44

    ah 12 years is ok... was expecting 16 years..... as i thought that is the minumum sentence.... we should really stick to the minimum rule because now anyone convicted for the same offence is entitled to the same treatment.....

      Felix - 2011-05-06 12:59

      Carefull, you may lose your troll status with all these logical comments!

      BakkieB - 2011-05-06 13:02 Felix says, you may actually lose your troll status

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-06 13:36

      Did you drink your pilles this morning tshepo? you're making an awfull lot of sense, it's making me feel uneasy.

      Totman - 2011-05-06 14:08

      I am surprised it is 12. Remember the 15 years, on the law books, is only a guide line. It came up a few years ago and the judges explain that evidences and other factors does influence terms.[I think it was Judge Deon van Zyl who was explaining ]

  • Stefan Coetzer - 2011-05-06 12:44

    Maki, moeni kaki praati.

  • The Unknown - 2011-05-06 12:50

    I thought that she had said that she has no money. Who will be footing the bill? Hibiscus Coast icipality?

      saabnut - 2011-05-06 13:25

      Place your bets...

      Barry - 2011-05-06 13:35

      @The Unknown & saabnut Let me try The fat boy?

  • Nawe - 2011-05-06 12:51

    If Dr Basson & Crossely are free we have hope you'll win your unlawful conviction...

      Barry - 2011-05-06 13:02

      @Nawe Gaan weg man Gaaaaaan weg Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan weg man. Jou dom donder

      DeonL - 2011-05-06 13:04

      Respect the court's decision.

      BakkieB - 2011-05-06 13:09

      @Nawe........shhhhh Troll

      keng - 2011-05-06 13:19

      In effect what you are saying is "THE LAW is unlawful" very strange comment

      saabnut - 2011-05-06 13:26

      Who's we??? I suppose you and the other 40 odd million you share your brain cell with...

      Slayer - 2011-05-06 13:26

      Nawe just went full retard

      David - 2011-05-06 13:29

      Nawe - Na we did I leave my brain

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-05-06 13:45

      @ Saabnut - I don't understand how one idiot makes a stupid statement and instead of confronting him, you attack an entire country? You and him are the problem - Wake up

      DW - 2011-05-06 14:43

      Dr Basson was acquitted on all charges, all the way to the constitutional court. Scott-Crossley served his time and was released on parole. If Cwele is acquitted on appeal she can go free. If she is jailed, she can also go free on parole, if applicable. Uphold the rule of the law and respect the court's decision

  • Jack - 2011-05-06 12:51


      chris.debeer1 - 2011-05-06 13:08

      Hi wait we can do that!!! We would have no one left to govern us!!

      kagisopheto - 2011-05-06 13:10

      jack we all friends here no need to shout

      Unskinny Bob - 2011-05-06 13:29

      ANC caders have no HONOR. Plain and simple.

      ZB - 2011-05-06 13:48

      Right you are! Had not read your comment yet, when I posted my thoughts.

      Hennie - 2011-05-06 14:12

      Lol...i'm sure the minister will be able to pay someone enough to fall on the sword on his behalf :P

  • julie.khan3 - 2011-05-06 12:54

    Well done!!Keep her locked up! Don't want repetition..Shabir Shaik..u know what I mean.My heart goes out to the victtims and their families who were lured in to be couriers

      saabnut - 2011-05-06 13:27

      Keep hoping Julie. Watch the cracks start appearing and the crack ANC legal team get her off...

  • DeonL - 2011-05-06 12:55

    The state should also appeal the 12 years, minumum sentence was suppose to be 15 years.

      Barry - 2011-05-06 13:42

      I agree .....and the NPA should be applauded

      DW - 2011-05-06 15:18

      As I understand it, there is a minimum sentence of 15 years except where the court finds "substantial and compelling circumstances" which can be construed as "exceptional circumstances". It seems that in this case "The judge said he had considered the fact that the two were first offenders and that they had good prospects of being rehabilitated" which seems to be the reason that he did not impose the 15 years. I dont think these are exceptional circumstances, but then I am not a judge.

  • 1SAIBn88 - 2011-05-06 12:59

    Uh oh! Here we go again

  • BoneCollectR - 2011-05-06 13:00

    Once again, only 80% justice has been served. First time offenders? What the judge really means is that this is the first time they were caught, tried and judged. 12 years is better than a let off, I guess. @Maki, stop trolling tlhe nkgonne / kgaitsedi, ke a go rapela. O re tsenya matlho. Cwele committed a crime and you choose to, it seems, base it on your obsession with the ANC. This is a serious crime, and she infact deserves a harsher sentence. She should be thankful.

      Ke maketse - 2011-05-06 13:31

      LOL. O a mpolaya. Ko ke tswang re tlo re 'Maki, tlogela go re poula'.

  • Barry - 2011-05-06 13:01

    Maki Jou m@#$r man. Can you not see the wise words of the learned Judge? Jou Bliksem. You probably live in upper suburbia and do not know the stark reality of the dangers of these chemicals. Come down to earth boyjtie. "The Judge 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."

      kagisopheto - 2011-05-06 13:12

      what about the addicts? shame. now where will they get their drugs from? and btw, the reason drugs are so addictive is cause they kiiiiiiiiiifff

  • lac - 2011-05-06 13:02

    No leniency! Sheryl must surely be a well-informed & intelligent person. She knew FULL WELL what a risk she was taking. She knew that, as a mother, she was acting most foolishly. HOWEVER, she thought that she would escape conviction - for whatever reason. She has brought heartache into MANY homes (speak from experience) and should now be punished for the wrongdoing. She chose 'not to care' about her children when she decided to dabble in criminal deeds. Why the sudden 'concern' for her children? And what husband is unaware of what his wife is 'up to'? Siyabonga Cwele, you are unfit for duty in S.A.

      kitchenboy3 - 2011-05-06 13:10

      I think she was more than "dabbling" It appears she was what they call the Mastermind, too bad then that her Hubby seems to have been shortchanged in that department.

      Barry - 2011-05-06 13:50

      @lac She was the mastermind (the money in the bank woman) and He was in charge of Logistics.

  • Dorsy7 - 2011-05-06 13:03

    I wonder why she goes the long and difficult route (appealing) costing the taxpayer when she can just go the easy route (get terminally ill). Her husband is probably hanging out with our state president as we speak...why all the trouble? By the way, what is happening to the Sicelo Shiceka he still on sick leave or busy covering his tracks?

      BakkieB - 2011-05-06 13:11

      Wait, appeal will fail and then off to the constitutional court

  • tryanything - 2011-05-06 13:05

    Deport her to Malaysia

  • tokoloshe - 2011-05-06 13:05

    Go to jail already we tired of hearing about you on the news!

  • edmead - 2011-05-06 13:06


      BakkieB - 2011-05-06 13:15 need to shout dude. We can read lower case just as well.

  • camp.j - 2011-05-06 13:13

    I thought she was skint? lol

  • Leopard - 2011-05-06 13:16

    The obvious question is should the Hon Minister of State Security resign? Tough but it would set the precedent for a better SA cabinet. His continued presence in Cabinet undermines our image and the President. In most democratic states that is what would happen even if it were just to prevent political fall-out or are we effectively a one party sate?

      BakkieB - 2011-05-06 13:33

      Don't be daft. No-one resigns from the gravy train.

  • ZipZap - 2011-05-06 13:18

    what a joke. she will be another shaik. out in no time... f*cking anc a$$h0les.

  • - 2011-05-06 13:20

    And in the previous report the attorneys were already busy to try and get the sentence off to a shorter period. They were in actual fact admitting guilt.

  • Jim - 2011-05-06 13:22

    Appeal??? For what, Lock her up and throw the key away. "Bloody Agent"

  • DarkWhite - 2011-05-06 13:22

    If it was a normal man or woman from the streets... they wouldn't be able to appeal! They would have gotten the full 15 year sentence! Where is the justice?

      DW - 2011-05-06 15:24

      It is a long time since I studied anything to do with law, but if I remember it correctly, the situation is as follows: If the judge grants the right to appeal, they can appeal. If he refuses the right to appeal, they can apply to the appeal court for that right in any case which would usually be granted. It can then go in front of an appeal court judge who can uphold the judgement (or not). If he upholds it, they can then apply for the right to have an appeal heard in front of 3 judges. If they uphold the judgement, they can then apply to the constitutional court (if a constitutional right has been denied). All of this is subject to certain conditions etc. For someone who, yesterday was complaining that she was being ruined financially, I wonder where the money is going to come from. Appeal courts etc are very expensive.

  • Perfume - 2011-05-06 13:25

    Nothing to appeal, I have a feeling she is scared to face prison!!!!!!

      Barry - 2011-05-06 13:53

      Like Dewani hulle maak k#k and dan kan hulle nie staan vir dit Wat van onse kinders. Die bliksems

  • I <3 SA - 2011-05-06 13:28

    good riddance, hope justice will still be served following her appeal.

  • Fudge321 - 2011-05-06 13:31

    GO straight to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200!!

  • Bullet - 2011-05-06 13:35

    I heard Sheryl has already been in contact with Schabir's doctor.LOL

  • Darkwing Duck - 2011-05-06 13:40

    I agree completely! She should appeal, 12 years wasn't nearly enough. Maybe now we can go for maximum!

  • Thukza - 2011-05-06 13:40

    Democracy tastes good. No favours.

  • ZB - 2011-05-06 13:41

    In any civilised country, the husband of such a criminal would have resigned from his ministerial position, and if he had not, his government would have asked him to resign.

  • Stu - 2011-05-06 13:50

    The minimum sentence for the offence they committed was 15 years and yet they are sentenced to 12 years. News 24 wake up!!

  • Dave - 2011-05-06 13:50

    So, after another two years the appeal will be turned down, more kids will have died from overdoses, more crimes committed to be able to procure drugs, and the courts take their time, hell, what a circus, they hang for this sort of crime in eastern countries, lets do it here, the court finds you guilty, please walk this murderer to the gallows and do it before sunset, finished, kla, forgotten in a week, next please!!!

  • tokkos - 2011-05-06 13:51

    So much for our legal system!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They should have received life in jail without parole to make an example for these Nigerian Drug Lords hiding in SA.

      CKS - 2011-05-06 14:34

      At least she got 4 years more than Beetge the mule, but unfortunately she will have better accomodation and the South African taxpayer will foot the bill to let her live in luxury. study and improve her life for when she is set free after doing 2 years.

  • vusi22 - 2011-05-06 14:02

    This is good for democracy. There is no individual that is bigger than the democratic state.

  • mugu.eater - 2011-05-06 14:04

    send the bitch to jail

  • GallPill - 2011-05-06 14:04

    This thick-skinned fat-ass ran this little side business to complement her husband's over-generous renumeration package ; in true ANC recent tradition, he is too thick-skinned to resign and she is apalled at this moneymaking scheme taken from her and is going to appeal to judgement! VIVA ANC, we live in a country ruled by buffoons who are not able to blush at their barbaric behaviour!

  • GT - 2011-05-06 14:04

    On the lookout for a better judge. Of course she may find herself with a longer sentence... it has happened before

  • citizen36M1 - 2011-05-06 14:07

    Not first offenders, first time caught, tried and convicted. This is not burglary or petty theft. This is serious stuff. Who knows how many lives these people wrecked or how many died as a result of their actions? This is not a crime with one or two victims, this affects many, many people and therefore they should have received the proper minimum of 15 years. As for appealing, contrary to the judges opinion, this shows that there is minimal remorse and therefore little chance of rehabilitation - they will try their luck again if the law does not provide a strong enough deterrent!

      allie - 2011-05-06 14:30

      Lots of things can happen in 12 years.eathquake,tsunami or meteorstrike and there you are all locked up in a small little cell.WAAAAA!!!!

  • Hennie - 2011-05-06 14:10

    Now THAT is a surpise.....never thought she would appeal(note the sarcasm)

  • capetonian - 2011-05-06 14:10

    In any first world country, her husband, the Minister, would have tendered his resignation.....but, of course, this is Africa and the ANC say they will rule here until "you know who" comes again - so ethics, morality and doing the right thing is not for them.

  • CKS - 2011-05-06 14:25

    I only hope the poor South African taxpayer will not have to pay for her appeal ( Under the crazy Human Rights bill). South African law is skewed, but I can not understand that how a person dealing in drugs can expect an appeal court to see the case facts differently. They are playing this card just to be out of gaol while the appeal court takes two to three years to hear her appeal.

  • Knotachance - 2011-05-06 14:29

    She's the wife of the minister of State security and receives a 12 year sentence because she is a first time offender. How on earth does the judge determine that they have good prospects for rehabilitation. Awaiting to hear the response to the appeal application............who knows, she may just end up in Parliament after all or appointed as advisor to the minister of state security.

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