Security minister, drug dealer wife split

2011-09-14 22:57

Pietermaritzburg - Disgraced former director for health and community services at Hibiscus Coast Municipality and convicted drug dealer, Sheryl Cwele, is now officially divorced from her husband, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele.

The Witness has established that the divorce, which follows hot on the heels of 50-year-old Sheryl's cocaine trafficking conviction in May this year, was granted by Judge Trevor Gorven in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on August 23.

According to the application papers, the minister had “lost all love and affection” for his wife and wished to be divorced from her.

Court documents revealed the couple had not lived together as husband and wife since 2000 after getting married in 1985.

This contradicts Cwele’s denial at her bail hearing in February 2010 that she is estranged from her husband.

In an apparent bid to allay rumours that they had split up at the time, the minister attended the bail application flanked by his bodyguards.

He sat directly behind his wife in the dock, but she did not turn to look at him and he did not speak to her.

Sheryl Cwele’s lawyer, Mvuseni Ngubane, strongly denied an allegation in an affidavit by the investigating officer, Superintendent Izak Ludick, that Cwele had failed to disclose that she and her husband had lived apart since at least 2005.

Ludick alleged that Cwele had told State witness Charmaine Moss, who she had attempted to recruit as a drug mule, that her husband had had an extramarital relationship.

'Made-up story'

Ngubane said that although the couple’s alleged estrangement was reported in the media, it was a “made-up story” and “didn’t exist”, pointing out that the minister was in court to support his wife.

He also submitted the entire Cwele family had gone on a family holiday to Mozambique during December 2009.

At the time of Cwele’s conviction and sentencing in May this year the asset forfeiture unit gave notice that it intended to pursue a confiscation order against both her and her co-accused, Frank Nabolisa, who was found to have been in charge of the enterprise of importing cocaine into South Africa from abroad.

Cwele and Nabolisa were each sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment, but are set to appeal the verdict.

No date has been set for the appeal, which is likely to be heard next year.

The divorce documents cited an irretrievable breakdown in the relationship between Sheryl and Siyabonga Cwele as the reason for their divorce.

The documents stated the couple’s marriage had “reached a state of such disintegration” that no reasonable prospect existed for the restoration of normal marital life.

The documents continued that the parties “have never lived together since 2000” and that Siyabonga Cwele had lost all love and affection for his wife.

Settlement agreement

A settlement agreement by the parties stipulated that they will each exclusively retain all personal belongings, including their motor vehicles.

Sheryl Cwele is entitled to half of her ex-husband’s interest in his public office bearers’ pension fund and retirement annuity held by Sanlam (according to its worth on the date of their divorce).

He in turn is entitled to half of her pension in the Natal Joint Municipal Provident Fund and Liberty Life Annuity Fund.

It was also revealed that the home in which Sheryl Cwele lives in Berea Road in Port Shepstone is registered in both her and her husband’s names.

He has undertaken to pay her R500 000 in respect of the property within the next two years in instalments of at least R7 000 per month plus interest at 12.5% per annum.

• Sheryl Cwele was arrested on January 29 last year on charges of drug trafficking.

In May Judge Pete Koen found that she and Nabolisa had been the masterminds behind a plot to smuggle cocaine into South Africa using South Coast women Tessa Beetge and Charmaine Moss as drug mules.

In her affidavit supporting her bail application soon after her arrest, Sheryl Cwele put a value of R1.2m on the Port Shepstone property, and said she owned an Audi bought in 2008 for R250 000.

Her net monthly income was R29 000 per month at the time. 

  • Sarne - 2011-09-14 23:16

    There are more things to worry about other than this.....this is a private matter (which they have kept private themselves)

      grant9 - 2011-09-15 03:50

      Far from it. They are both public figures and so the public have a right to know what's going on. For starters : How does a person earning R29k own a R500k house and R250k car?

      Grayman - 2011-09-15 07:28

      @Chuck: Divorce and length of separation has no racial boundary. Your linking it to race has just exposed your own prejudices.

      Me - 2011-09-15 08:13

      @grant9 I earn R20 000 per month and I have a R500k house and a R200k car. Do your calculations. I pay R6000 4 the house and R4000 4 the car inc insurance. Anyway I hope she rots in jail

      Daemos1 - 2011-09-15 09:09

      It's not as private ,matter, we can't have our security minister married to a proven criminal. It was either this or his resignation.

      Darter - 2011-09-15 09:36

      GRANT9 - You've obviously never applied for a home loan, or bought a car. It's called an installment....

      Badballie - 2011-09-15 10:52

      WRONG as head of intelligence it is the countries business. How can the head of the nations intelligence service be trusted to such a high position of trust when he can't even control his own family? This is of course all smoke and mirrors which has only one purpose, to ensure that Cwele keeps his job as one of the protectors from the people.

      Mart - 2011-09-15 13:19

      Playing mind games is all. Cele has denied any knowledge of his wifes activities....ya right. An honourable man would have stepped down from his position. But we all know that there are many in government who do not subscribe to this 'honour code'. If he wasn't esrtranged from his wife when she committed her crimes, I believe he is vicariously liable to answer many questions and be subject to in depth investigations.

      Gunston500 - 2011-09-15 13:33

      @Sarne. you not too bright hey? We probably paying your salary too, as people without brains end up working for the government.

      Fred - 2011-09-15 14:41

      Its not a private matter if she lied to the court to get bail, it is then in the publics interest to see her incarcerated until after her appeal. The husband should also be investigated to insure that he didn't commit perjury at the bail hearing.

  • papetse - 2011-09-14 23:18

    Do we still have a security minister?

      Brewster - 2011-09-15 07:33

      Heard the story that the Lesotho Prime Minister appointed a minister of Coastal Development to his cabinet. Said JZ to him one day over a cup of tea waiting for the putu to be served: "But thats utterly stupid, you don't even have a coast line" Replied the Lesotho PM " So what, you have a minister of Security"

      flummoxed - 2011-09-15 07:41

      Yes! He works for 'Enforce.'

  • Amsterdammer - 2011-09-14 23:19

    When will Siyabonga be RESIGNING from his job? After all... he is an EMBARRASSMENT to the South African Public, of which he is a PUBLIC SERVANT!!!!! His skin is as THICK as Hippo Skin!!

  • linda.l.mndayi - 2011-09-14 23:21

    What a wanker! She is already going to jail, a bit of support, duh?

      pants - 2011-09-15 00:17

      Support, thats all you people call for. (in a whining voice) HELP ME.... HELP ME ..... HELP ME..... (get help)..... (even more whining voice).... ITS YOUR FAULT ITS YOUR FAULT.

      AntiRacist - 2011-09-15 07:00

      She should hang, How much crime is done in the drug trade? She lost her rights!

      Steph - 2011-09-15 07:44

      totally disagree - he should have divorced her years ago

      Kenno - 2011-09-15 08:44

      @ Linda Support!!!! A drug dealer wife, whose activities could KILL people! Support!!! Are you on drugs as well?

  • veld66 - 2011-09-14 23:31

    They forgot to mention the second man in her life Frank Nabolisi!!!!!Drug dealer pals & sex time pals...South Africans need VISAS to travel to European countries its because of people like these.......

      Ripley - 2011-09-15 10:21

      Who knows .... maybe there will even be a third man in her life soon. Isn't there a certain gentleman by the name of Sicelo Shiceka who has been known to visit convicted ladies in prison at taxpayers' expense - the last one involving travelling all the way to Switzerland ?

  • Verdade - 2011-09-15 00:45

    Double blow Sheryl.... you going down down down!!! Perhaps, she'll spill the beans on her hubby now...Always National Circus

      kalabafazi - 2011-09-15 09:51

      Interesting point. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Thgis might get interesting.

  • Woofix - 2011-09-15 00:50

    Now i got it! The reason why all these "insults of the human race" will never be able to do just the minimum to qualify for an excusable specimen is because they are permanent victims of apartheid. It is how it happened that by prolonging inheritance these sub standards will futher degenerate futher into uncoprehendable, unexplainable subspecies.

      Daemos1 - 2011-09-15 09:10

      I see you found a dictionary, well done

      Ripley - 2011-09-15 10:10

      Jeez ..... what was that all about ?! There must have been some plenty powerful puza doing the rounds very early today - judging by the time the comment was written.

  • thozi - 2011-09-15 01:08

    Err, this one is private, I'm not commenting. I'd rather wish our Boks all the good luck in their next game and the next one and so on, until they bring our world cup back home. Go bokke go!

      Kenno - 2011-09-15 08:47

      @ thozi When you are a Public Figure and paid by the government AND involved id drug dealing..IT IS NO LONGER PRIVATE!! he should resign and she should rot in jail!

  • Pieter - 2011-09-15 06:07

    Arranged so that his assets can not be confiscated.

  • William - 2011-09-15 06:11

    is it possible that the scurity minister new nothing about his wifes drug dealing? I DONT THINK SO!!!

      Fred - 2011-09-15 14:45

      He's just p -off because she's no longer able to supply him and his mates anymore.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-15 06:45

    eish,he did not get his cut from the drug deals! Still a corrupt and incompetent individual himself

  • Protest - 2011-09-15 06:55

    South Africa's first politically motivated divorce.

  • flummoxed - 2011-09-15 06:56

    So pray tell, when is the 'drug runner' going to be locked up like her cohort to commence her sentence of 12yrs.. or is this another one of the prolonged and expensive Court cases that will simply become a vapour in everybody's memories

      allie - 2011-09-15 07:34

      Why do they always choose a white judge to precide in cases where ANC members or their croonies are involved?So that they can blame it on apartheid and racism ,when it does`nt go in their favour.

  • AntiRacist - 2011-09-15 06:59

    Ja right! He was helping her spend the drug money, now she is bust and he needs to protect his position, nothing to do with love and affection!

  • Ho - 2011-09-15 07:25

    Clearly he didn't get his cut of the loot...

  • flummoxed - 2011-09-15 07:28

    Like who cares!!

  • Lyndatjie - 2011-09-15 07:51

    Till drugs us do part

  • Linda - 2011-09-15 07:56

    Our Minister of Security is so incompetent that he didnt even know that his wife was a drug dealer! How did he think she was funding her lavish lifestyle? If this is the level of his intelligence gathering ability - there is nothing intelligent about him!

      Ke maketse - 2011-09-15 09:32

      Are you sure that he did not know?

  • Lorax - 2011-09-15 08:42

    Sheryl will get a luxurious single cell, DSTV and probably her own bling-encrusted sex-toy to keep her occupied for the next 2 years, until she's pardoned. Then she can play golf with Shaik.

  • Pixie1984 - 2011-09-15 09:11

    Love the viciousness of the headline...

  • seshike mmoledi - 2011-09-15 12:28

    What a shame, you grow bad trees in the yard then expect bad fruits from them or nothing at all, so let the minister sort out his personal problems and concentrate on his important job of securing information of the state and protecting the state against any infiltration by terrorists and criminals.

  • Gunston500 - 2011-09-15 13:28

    Are we the tax people still paying for this guilty bitch's monthly salary!? She has already been proven guilty of the crimes. She needs to be in Jail. But our idiotic governement is still paying her salary with our money!

  • abg100 - 2011-09-15 14:05

    Wonder if she will give him his share of the drug money?

  • - 2011-09-15 14:20

    He's scrambling to cover his ass from being fired

  • wateva - 2011-09-15 14:28

    Shouldn't she be in jail already?

      BloodRiver - 2011-09-15 15:40

      She should, but being an ANC cadre means that she will never go to jail.

  • nexus - 2011-09-15 16:03

    Haha! Media entertainment at its best. I see that the "news" from Libya is taking off. And the Media still hasn't reported the high profile speculation that Libya is being destroyed because Ghaddafi wanted to implement the Gold Dinar to replace the US dollar as meditarraenian and African trade currency. Guess where Mugabe fit in? I can only shake my head at the sheeple.

  • mugu.eater - 2011-09-15 16:17

    definitely living beyond your means drug dealer Sheryl

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