Sheryl Cwele guilty of drug trafficking

2011-05-05 15:12

Pietermaritzburg - Sheryl Cwele, wife of State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, has been found guilty of drug trafficking by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court.

Judge Piet Koen began delivering the judgment in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg at 11:00 on Thursday.

Earlier in the day he ruled against the State’s bid to have the case re-opened to allow them to have more witnesses take the stand.

Cwele and her co-accused Frank Nabolisa were charged with dealing or conspiring to deal in drugs, procuring Charmaine Moss to collect drugs in Turkey, and procuring Tessa Beetge to smuggle cocaine from South America.

Beetge was arrested when 10kg of cocaine was found in her luggage in Brazil in 2008. She is serving a jail sentence in Sao Paolo. Moss turned State witness.

Cwele says she had spent a fortune on legal fees. Her employer, the Hibiscus Coast Municipality, was also not paying her for taking leave to attend court proceedings.

"That means that each time I attend the court proceedings I have to pay for my legal team and lose income. I have lost a fortune as a result of my attendance," she says, submitting that re-opening the case would make the situation worse.

She describes the case as a high-profile matter which had attracted much media attention, and had found some of the reports hurtful to her and her family.

  • kagisopheto - 2011-05-05 15:15


      Anc13thDisciple - 2011-05-05 15:24

      Amandla well done.... i cannot stand drugs... this women was a disgrace to black southa frican women..... she must go to jail now and live there for many years.... scum bag

      Kooven - 2011-05-05 15:28

      Lol...I had to log out and back in..just to make sure I read correctly! Well freaking done!

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-05-05 15:29

      Pow, right in the kisser :)

      kolobe - 2011-05-05 15:37

      tried too much to be a nigerian

      Jan - 2011-05-05 15:43

      She'll be out after the elections...

      Kooven - 2011-05-05 15:50

      Is the 2 Minister's girl friend and wife found guilty of drug related chargers? Hmmmmmm makes you think, what the cANCer get's up to at their meetings, would explain Julius and the ANC's need for money,lol!

      DW - 2011-05-05 15:59

      Disciple, you should have stopped with the first comment. "We the ANC put people in certain positions and we expect them to be honest and serve the people" - are you talking about the same ANC in power, or some other entity?

      ihtfcatkii - 2011-05-05 16:03

      @ANCMinion - How can you say that? These are your cronies! Shouldn't you be ranting and raving at how this is apartheid's fault and it is the "white agenda" trying to impose unfair judgement on this poor innocent woman who's only crime is being black? GTFO you two faced troll! Do the world a favor and remove yourself from the gene pool.

      spiderkzn - 2011-05-05 16:11

      Anc13thDisciple, first time ever i Like your comment. Well done. lol

      Graeme - 2011-05-05 16:16

      Winnie was also convicted but is still dancing with Malema

      willieman - 2011-05-05 16:17

      The husband, minister of inteligence will say "I did not know" just like the Pakistan inteligent services

      PikeLee - 2011-05-05 16:21

      @Anc13thDisciple whats up with your face? You in jail already? Was this pic taken as Bubba "introduced" himself to you?

      Spyker May - 2011-05-06 12:07

      Here we have an ensuing (by absolute coincidence) view of the ‘ANC-WAY’. A few interesting questions arise (inter alia): 1. If Beetge was not arrested in a foreign country – iow impossible to be ‘covered up’ by the lead instrument of the POLICE STATE – ie the FASCIST state of post Polokwane 2007, would the matter indeed have been “lost in transition”..? 2. The minister’s wife is also employed by the state (ie a Municipality). Not much more needs to be said... 3. Bar the (future) outcome a possible appeal: How was this matter able to proceed entirely without the Minister’s knowledge..? Is this matter then not an indictment that BY DEFAULT needs to be clarified by the police..? Lets not judge too hastily - but equally lets not be too surprised, if INTERPOL uncovers the bona fide means, by which so many ANC cadres- and their lackeys, are managing lifestyles, way, way beyond their publically declared means. PS – an ANC Minister of Intelligence – OUTCH, now there is a painful paradox, if ever one existed... 4. Have you noticed – the ANC does not immediately comment on pertinent matters/events (like eg the USA). NO, it always takes a week or so. Understandably under command of a Std 3, the magnitude and swiftness of “thinking” will not feature anywhere in Guiness (and ie not the six pack Mr McBride...); their spin-doctors are at best operating at ‘African Time’ (sign-off from the Gupta’s is evidently a tedious affair) – alternatively, the ‘state-of-grace’ is getting somewhat complex... 5. @Jan: Cannot say I am able to refute your notion outright – Schaik needs a caddy... But I would add to your observation: how much of a decoy is this..? Is this mere convenient timing..? Is she simply a ‘sacrificial lamb’..? Is there a greater ‘red herring’ at play here..? Etc.., etc..??? There is simply too much re the Post-Polokwane-2007 ANC that simply does not add up..! The media is the only mechanism, not under state control - hence the only means (to attempt at least) to expose the nature of the beast...

      NEWS24SUX - 2011-05-07 08:09


      onetickie - 2011-05-07 10:17

      Lets she if ends up another terminally ill jailbird who is let off to live out her remaining years with family............ and they must be mad if they think her husband was not aware of her drug-trafficing or benefiting from it too.

      onetickie - 2011-05-07 10:23

      @DW: Are YOU on drugs too??? You put them positions and expect them to be honest & serve the people??????? Well please tell us all what they have done for the people and why almost ALL ANC officials have been found/are corrupt? And of course you will vote for them again won't you because you're probably one of the ANC members who benefits from kick-backs or been given a break without earning it? And thats why DW the ANC HAS STUFFED UP SOUTH AFRICA IN A SHORT 17 YEARS!

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-05 15:16

    Well,well...there is justice after all... :-)

      Henry - 2011-05-05 15:19

      Yeah? she still has to go to jail. Look what happened to Schabir Shaik. - 2011-05-05 15:30

      appeal and blame apartheid..... always works.

      ihtfcatkii - 2011-05-05 16:06

      The court finding her guilty and hubby weaseling her out of punishment are 2 different things. I am happy that in this broken country, at least the judges still have a sense of right and wrong even though she will most likely get off with a R2000 fine and 3yr suspended sentence.

      vtowntekkie - 2011-05-05 16:32

      Vat so katvis!

      Barry - 2011-05-05 16:33

      @Currie_Mafia She will probably have a double bed,jacuzzi,sauna, big screen and the best of foodstuff while inside........but this will take many years to come with all the appeals.

      mev - 2011-05-05 16:34

      She may have been found guilty but they still need to say if she'll go to jail, and if they do send her, how long will she stay there? And will she be treated the same as any other prisoner found guilty of the same offence or will she be given the Shaik treatment?

  • daaivark - 2011-05-05 15:16


  • SlapTjip - 2011-05-05 15:18

    She won't be in for long. She will very soon develop some form of terminal illness.

      willie werkie - 2011-05-05 15:23

      Like high blood pressure.

      Kooven - 2011-05-05 15:29

      She should have gone for a medical before she went on trial,lol!

      Maryna123 - 2011-05-05 16:39

      @willie werkie O no, then I am terminally ill!!!!!!!!!!!!! why didn't you tell me earlier hahahahahahahahahahahaha

      pugwash - 2011-05-05 17:09

      Yes, like Hollywood flu!

      rugdusty - 2011-05-06 07:55

      MAryna123 - how are you able to read this from jail ?

  • tim - 2011-05-05 15:18

    Don't pop the champagne just yet guys.............

      RobinHood - 2011-05-05 15:32

      she is now fit to serve in the cabinet

      Podgette - 2011-05-05 16:44

      Nothing will probably come of it BUT at least it has been acknowledged that she is GUILTY!!! and all know about it!

  • K_za - 2011-05-05 15:19

    BWHAHAHAHA----I don't know whether to laugh or to cry.

  • Greegs - 2011-05-05 15:20

    She'll probably get a fine or community service whilst the girls caught will sit in jail for a long time. Let's await the sentence.

      rosebud - 2011-05-06 11:11

      That girl sitting in a terrible jail in South America with almost no chance of getting out.

  • PMG - 2011-05-05 15:21

    Now,the minister needs to do the honorable thing and resign.There can be no way whatsover that he didnt know what was going on,and if he states that he didnt know ,then he must still resign for being a complete idiot.

      RobinHood - 2011-05-05 15:34

      amen - like his colleague Cele

      fred703 - 2011-05-05 16:00

      its a given that he is an idiot

      Gore - 2011-05-05 16:08

      You are kidding right, these are the credentials for higher office. He will be promoted!!. If he did not know what his wife is doing under his nose, can we trust that person with state security?????

      Barry - 2011-05-05 16:10

      Like the fat boy

      ihtfcatkii - 2011-05-05 16:10

      Honour? I doubt the government can fathom the meaning. The only way he'll step down is if the golden parachute is ready.

      Keith - 2011-05-05 16:38

      I Like your thinking, PMG, precisely the honorable thing for most of the ANC government to do as well, crimes like corruption, personal enrichment, nepotism, hate speech, etc. must lead to immediate dismissal with no benefits.

      croix - 2011-05-06 09:12

      Is there a grading system for Idiots? Like: IDIOT, TOTAL MORON & Cwele??

      garywsmith - 2011-05-06 20:01

      @PMG why do you say that he should resign for "being a complete idiot". He has just earned the equivalent of an MBA - he is now seriously qualified to serve in an ANC government.

  • HAggardGnome - 2011-05-05 15:21

    I hope she gets a HECTIC sentence! Scumbag!

  • The Unknown - 2011-05-05 15:21

    It's party time

  • Perfume - 2011-05-05 15:21

    GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jerryvanzyl - 2011-05-05 15:22

    I'll smoke to that.

  • lenand40 - 2011-05-05 15:22

    I am taking bets on which illness will strike our high profile prisoner. I have money on stress. Seems to be working for Dewani, despite a propose of special treatment in our prisons

      Barry - 2011-05-05 16:10

      Probably some unknown illness

  • Nick van der Leek - 2011-05-05 15:22

    did I read that right, the wife of our security minister is a drug trafficker?

      Jax - 2011-05-05 15:52

      welcome to Africa - next stop Nigeria? Hope not!

      maggielou - 2011-05-05 16:09

      Yes Nicky boy, her husband was only the minister of state security and you know what? ..... he didn't even know about it. Shame, poor guy. Do you know that another minister's (sonjica) girlfriend is in jail in Switzerland, also for drugs? Seems to be the ANC past time. No wonder they live in such luxury!

      Gore - 2011-05-05 16:10

      And the husband did not know a thing, lol!!! This belongs to "Ripleys Believe it Or Not"

      Barry - 2011-05-05 16:11

      QNick van der Leek Yes ....and probably been doing ot for many years

      Graeme - 2011-05-05 16:12

      @Jax, Nigeria is not full of drug dealers, South Africa is!! The ANC government has opened the borders to criminals from all over the world!!!

      FaxM8 Fax - 2011-05-05 16:35

      Spot on ,what do you think ANC stand for ? African National Criminals

      croix - 2011-05-06 09:18

      @ Barry - shame, she had to spend all that hard-earned drug money on her trial. Siestog - arme teef!

  • nangamso1 - 2011-05-05 15:22

    Why the media is paying so much attention, is because she's minister's wife I believe wonke umntu u entiltled to some privacy.

      gavin.jepson - 2011-05-05 15:34

      No because she is a high profile criminal and deserves everything she gets!! What about the "mules" sitting behind bars due to her. Where are there rights!! Get real!! Is it because she is black that she deserves privacy.

      penada - 2011-05-05 15:40

      hi gavin the mules were stupid enough to fall for the scam...i still dont buy the storiy that they didnt know something was fishy with the minister's wife's promises of easy money. they knew. they deserve to be in jail. so does she, i only pray there is no political meddling

      namib24 - 2011-05-05 16:02

      Oh shell get a lot of privacy in jail mate.

      maggielou - 2011-05-05 16:14

      Are you dreaming? It's because she's a minister's wife, that she gets al the attention. On top of her husbands fat salary and perks, SHE still earns a salary in local government! Typical cadre deployment. Her salary could have uplifted another family! Same goes for all the other jerks whose spouses are also deployed in government. Why should one family have DOUBLE F A T INCOME whereas some other could have benefited. But know ..... the economy in white hands blah blah blah ..... instead of in 2% of blacks!

      willieman - 2011-05-05 16:19

      What privacy,she is contributing in killing people,probably you benefited

      bar-one - 2011-05-05 17:14

      Wow is this idiotic comment for real ????? Eish wena sterek dom

  • james strawson - 2011-05-05 15:22

    So when does she start to become ill and get set free on medical grounds?

  • Eric West - 2011-05-05 15:23

    Sweet justice!!!!! Lock them up and throw away the key!

  • Mike - 2011-05-05 15:23

    Finally!! I wonder how many appeals it will take untill a cadre overturns this rulling?

  • Heiress - 2011-05-05 15:26

    Justice at last!

  • Felix - 2011-05-05 15:27

    Don't forget your golf clubs!

      Barry - 2011-05-05 16:13

      I wonder if She can play??

  • neilsmith2103 - 2011-05-05 15:27


  • Donovan - 2011-05-05 15:27

    Finally there is justice but this now raises questions about the Security Minister himself, how could he marry a criminal? What does that tell us?

      fred703 - 2011-05-05 15:58

      birds of a feather flock together

  • pig - 2011-05-05 15:28

    thats great, but what is she sentinced to?

      paulf - 2011-05-05 15:30

      We waiting patiently to hear the sentence. Hopefully life....

      Dave - 2011-05-05 15:46

      24 hours community labour

  • tjoppie - 2011-05-05 15:29

    Wow, i'm flabbergasted!!!! not even one of the comrades tried to impede justice!! Were lucky that it is allmost election time, otherwise the ANC would have made the docket dissapear!!

  • Craig44 - 2011-05-05 15:30

    Another candidate for Club Shaik... Nothing will happen to this Bitch.The cANCer spreads

  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-05 15:30

    Allrighty then, queue the next several years for appeal after appeal.

  • Bellakanoose - 2011-05-05 15:31

    Next, Fat Face Malema!

  • Rethabile - 2011-05-05 15:31

    I have no sympathy for drug dealers, these scums are destroying our children, she is a ministers wife, guess our taxes were not enough to satisfy her disgusting greed. rot in jail!

  • Jacobus - 2011-05-05 15:31

    She is the Director of Health and Community Services Natal

      Andy49 - 2011-05-05 16:09

      She WAS the Director of Health and Community Services Natal!

      Barry - 2011-05-05 16:14

      @Jacobus Really

      Derek - 2011-05-05 16:49

      Hmm, just goes to show the type of people the ANC employ to run our country. But then again, we all knew that anyway.

  • crocodile - 2011-05-05 15:33

    this was an obvious case for the state.the question now is whether this case will go on appeal

  • ketazburg - 2011-05-05 15:34

    If gold rust what shall iron do?

  • michj - 2011-05-05 15:34

    Good for you Sheryl!

  • Meneer Smit - 2011-05-05 15:34


  • harry1 - 2011-05-05 15:34 Please step through the steel door ma'am it's locked.

  • Triggster - 2011-05-05 15:35

    Rot in jail you scummy rodent...

  • John - 2011-05-05 15:35

    She will probably spend as long in jail as Winnie Mandela did for her crimes.

  • Lennox - 2011-05-05 15:38

    The wife of the State Security Minister?.....shocked on a daily basis! Does he not then earn enough money?. Surely he must have known about it, so could he then be accused of nepotism for getting his wife to transport the drugs for him?. Maybe she was making us of all his "voyager miles".

  • Gabba - 2011-05-05 15:38

    @Anc13th - Are you serious? OMG!! First you defend ANC criminals in the "taunting Zille" news report and now you are spitting on Sheryl Cwele. I would have thought you would be saddened to see your kind get caught? must be a very confused person in life......

      ANC-FTL - 2011-05-05 16:24

      Im with you Gabba - whenever 13th posts a comment I drop my jaw, it makes me loose faith in our country. Just think it people like him who are voting this country to death. Purly race... everthings about race. Sad but true.

      Niekie - 2011-05-05 16:31

      @anc13thmoron, you are what's wrong with this country! You are probably to young to know apartheid! All this "racism" just give you an excuse to be nothing and do nothing, because you could always blame it on the white man! You poor sod! I feel sorry for you, because you will never amount to anything! MORON!

      Spyker May - 2011-05-06 12:20

      Well Gabba, don't chastise Anc13thDisciple too much, after all we are all under command of a fairly 'confused person' himself, viz.., Draw up two columns, one stating Zuma's comments to ANC followers inside SA, the 2nd column stating Zuma's comments to the rest of the world (eg during the last few weeks) - schizophrenia suddenly starts milder than the common cold...

  • Slapper - 2011-05-05 15:41

    Good Grief, What a pleasant surprise. Whats the betting on a series of appeals, to keep her out of the Slammer? Of course the Nigerian wont have the funds to appeal and he will go straight down.

  • Luckybugger - 2011-05-05 15:43

    Fact, she will appeal many times over and will be suspended with full pay and benefits till every one forgets about it and life goes on in this lawless society of ours.

  • pensionmaster - 2011-05-05 15:44

    What else can one expert. Greed, corruption, maladministration is what these f%#@n politicians after. Now they are busy barking on our doorsteps just because they are looking for a ladder (our vote) to corruption. That is all. Good decision by the judicial system.

  • gavin.jepson - 2011-05-05 15:45

    What a pleasure to see justice prevail, if only till some cadre intervenes or she get a terminal illness of some sort. May she rot in jail!! This two-faced criminal has got her just desserts. One to the good guys!!

  • Nawe - 2011-05-05 15:45

    so why do whyt people claim justice is subjected to those without political power??

      Andy49 - 2011-05-05 16:11

      who are these 'whyt' you refer to?

      croix - 2011-05-06 09:44

      It looks like English ...... but somehow different. Had she been "WHITE", the reaction here would have been EXACTLY the same!

  • Vaal Donkie - 2011-05-05 15:46

    So, she's going to be diagnosed with a chronic terminal illness?

      Bosmonster - 2011-05-05 15:56

      Chronic sinus drip

      Barry - 2011-05-05 16:17


  • Malcolm - 2011-05-05 15:46

    ANC13thdisciple. I think what most people want is for the people in this country to ensure the ANC look after them as promised. Bad people are bad people. We need all criminals to be held accountable regardless of their political standing.

      croix - 2011-05-06 09:45

      Or race/colour/gender. Criminal is criminal.

  • David - 2011-05-05 15:47

    Fantastic, so on paper she is guilty, we need to have her in jail doing the time. God forbid she all of a sudden gets a "terminal" illness!

  • kylespobox - 2011-05-05 15:47


      fred703 - 2011-05-05 15:56

      you are correct - the secret plan of the ANC is unveiled...

      Bosmonster - 2011-05-05 15:57

      goed - beter - beste bantoe - tronk toe - parlament toe

  • clintandmia - 2011-05-05 15:47

    CANT BELIEVE IT! Really happy about this news. Sad for her children though!

      Barry - 2011-05-05 16:18

      @clintandmia Disagree What about our children

  • o Great one - 2011-05-05 15:47

    so one week in a jail hospital then out on parol hey

  • BigSpoon - 2011-05-05 15:48

    Boom Boom Cwele!!!

      Barry - 2011-05-05 16:19

      Troll alert