Sheryl Cwele told to report to prison

2012-10-03 13:01

Durban - Convicted drug dealer Sheryl Cwele has been told she must hand herself in at the Westville Prison, a National Prosecuting Authority official said on Wednesday.

NPA KwaZulu-Natal spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson said Cwele's lawyer was handed a letter on Tuesday, saying she had to check in before 13:00 on Thursday.

Regional correctional services spokesperson Nokuthula Zikhali said there had been no sign of Cwele on Wednesday morning.

Appeals dismissed

The former wife of State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, Sheryl Cwele and co-accused Frank Nabolisa failed to have their convictions overturned on Monday.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) dismissed their appeals, and increased their sentences from 12 to 20 years.

Court president Lex Mpati said the sentence imposed by the trial court was "disturbingly inappropriate".

Cwele, 50, was only appealing her conviction, while Nabolisa appealed both his conviction and sentence. She was given three days after receipt of the judgment to hand herself over to authorities.

The pair were found guilty of drug dealing by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in May 2011.

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.

Nabolisa had been in custody until now, while Cwele was out on R100 000 bail.

Mother fighting for reduced sentence

Meanwhile, The Witness reported that Beetge's mother, Marie Swanepoel, is going all out to get her daughter home before the end of her eight-year sentence, believing that their failure before the SCA could provide ammunition for her request for Beetge’s incarceration time to be reduced.

“There have been arrangements for police reports to be e-mailed through to the prison services in Brazil on Monday.”

On being told that Cwele had to report to serve her sentence on Thursday, Swanepoel commented, “Oh, super!”

She said that on Monday she had called an officer at her daughter’s prison and asked her to inform Beetge about the outcome of the SCA case.

“She promised to tell her after work. It would have been at about 21:00 our time.”

Swanepoel visited her daughter in Brazil after her arrest in Sao Paulo in 2008 and wishes she could go again, but hasn’t got the money.

She added that she had enjoyed much goodwill from people in the South Coast community since news of the SCA ruling broke. “Margate is ecstatic. Port Shepstone too. So am I and so are my grandchildren [Beetge’s daughters].”

  • lodewyk.fred - 2012-10-03 13:11

    I will give good 17.6 to 1 odds she wont be one year behind bars.

      Vincent - 2012-10-03 13:17

      this time is not suger is high blood

      mike.lindsay.7927 - 2012-10-03 13:47

      Vincent. Can you repeat that, in simple English please.

      rbphiri - 2012-10-03 13:56

      The only bars this b* will be in, is the ones she drinks at.

  • norman.lewis.716 - 2012-10-03 13:13

    Why does she get a few days to report to prison and not have to be arrested and taken straight there immediately ?

  • PrettyUsefulArt - 2012-10-03 13:13

    Bravo for increasing her sentence. Now all we have to do is hope she doesn't have a 'life-threatening' illness...

  • bless.boswell - 2012-10-03 13:13

    The harshening of the sentence is reassuring. How arrogant of her to appeal. Drugs are drugs. They kill people.

  • ron.warwick.79 - 2012-10-03 13:14

    She is the ex-wife of state security minister, good possibly she will be given a new identity and dissappear into a witness protection programme and live happily ever after.

      NotBlackEnough - 2012-10-03 14:14

      Impossible for her Ex Husband to do so. Why? He only had 1 Brain Cell....That is why he too did not know that his wife is a Drug Lord! State Security, my Foot! What a Loke!

  • kosmonooit - 2012-10-03 13:15

    Ooh I can feel about of Medical Parole coming on

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-10-03 13:21

    She can't make it...she is in hospital for a kidney ailment!

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-03 13:50

      @bob.small.7547:)may she die for real from that, not a political and go to hell. She is an oxygen thief, scum-bag.

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-03 13:21

    The media must promise to keep us abreast of her story for as long as she is inside. Do a story of her existance in prison with all it's trials and tribulations , she deserves many. Let her story and suffering on the inside be a lesson to our youth....let the message ring loud and clear so that it resonates with every child on a personal level...this is your future if you step out of line.

  • siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-03 13:23

    Just issue a warrant of arrest ASAP, I would be honoured to execute it. Just think about the two poor women she and her criminal \friend\ Frank Nabolisa sent to languish in foreign South American jail. At Least she will have her friends and her family around to visit her. May her 20 years in jail be so miserable. Lol!

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-03 13:32

      May she not suffer from a political sickness and qualify for golf lessons.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-03 13:24

    I wonder what disease she is going to pull?

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-03 13:26

    Actually, I think her sentence is too light. We all know she is gonna squeeze some trick out of her wig in time. Let alone all the perks she will be able to pay for in prison. As a mother of ....never mind, she should have been force fed her drugs and rot in the cell craving, sweating, crying, and scratching her skin off....maybe then she MIGHT realize what she, through her utter greed, perpetuated. Or, attempted to do by her actions. The only problem is, there are so many like her, she is the 'high-flyer' that was caught, and her mule rots in jail in Thailand....DOWN WITH DRUGS!!!

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-03 13:33

    she is awaiting her google search results for ''terminal illnesses'' her internet speeed slow lately

  • charlie.vanbergen - 2012-10-03 13:34

    She'll have to hurry up if she wants to fit in a facial and manicure before Thursday.

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-10-03 13:36

    Please NO SICK LEAVE or PAROLE for this "above-the-law" cadre's ex wife

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-10-03 13:43

    She wil get nigerian flu within a month she will be playing golf

  • jeremy.thewasp - 2012-10-03 13:43

    Siyabonga Cwele the mysteriously uninformed intelligent and state security Minister 'husband' who knew absolutely buggar all about her naughty deeds should also do some friggin time for being an IDIOT! Are we supposed to swallow the fact he knew 'nothing'??? Ag please man.....Another Anc scandaaal and cover up! Rot in jail - the both of you!

      NotBlackEnough - 2012-10-03 14:17

      Jeremy... Siyabonga Cwele even ran off to the Bank to Draw Cash for her Bail!! I do not have a problem with Siyabonga Cwele.... I have a problem with the Idiot that appointed & employed him! I Rest my Case! BTW... Do Not Buy an e-Tag! EVER!

  • siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-03 14:01

    Move to jail. Move direct to jail. Do not pass begin. Do not collect your ill-gotten drugs money. You are the weakess link. Good bye!

  • zeeman.moleli - 2012-10-03 14:01

    wellcome to the real SA, like it or not, she will be out in no time or my name is not what it is!

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-10-03 14:02

    Do not pass "begin" and do not collect R200.00 ..........................

  • maluxionn - 2012-10-03 14:07

    You heartless people how can you celebrate someone`s doesn't mean if someone is guilty has indeed done the many white people have been let off the hook bcos of their colour citing pOor are happy bcos it is a black person en a white person is in jail allegedly because of her.

      vicky.vangemert - 2012-10-03 15:36

      Cripes maluxionn, sit down before you hurt yourself...

      Patricia Johns Willers - 2012-10-03 16:12

      @maluxionn whats with the racism . She was found guilty by the courts. Her drug dealing has effected many lives (black and white) Wake up and see the facts. She should not be given sympathy. She doesn't deserve it.

      bless.boswell - 2012-10-04 01:27

      No malux, not happy because she's black! Happy because she sells drugs and encourages others to do so. Drugs kill - drugs know no colour - they hurt all our children, brothers and sisters. She might as well be selling that blue stuff that's used by the tsotsis to kill dogs - it's just as deadly. She should hang.

  • vlammie.pilot - 2012-10-03 14:07

    Shame, but she didnt know crime was punishable since 1994.

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-10-03 14:14

    I give poor Sheryl about a month to come down with a horrible, debilitating, terminal disease. Bless.

  • flysouth - 2012-10-03 14:15

    Why thus bulldust waiting for her to 'report to prison' - what are the SAPS for let them go get this criminal within the hour!

  • eugene.delange.12 - 2012-10-03 14:31

    The doctors who "diagnose" these people with their so-called terminal illnesses should be prosecuted as well, due to the fact that they lied in order to let convicted criminals walk the streets and enjoy their lives as if their convictions never happened. I just wonder who paid the doctors and how much they paid them, to come up with sudden life threatening diseases so these political connected convicts can keep living their lavish life styles and not serve their well deserved sentences?

  • twist.cas - 2012-10-03 14:37

    She is out of the country already.

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-10-03 14:40

    I wonder what it will be kidney failure, cancer, perhaps a brain tumor from snorting to much coke. This is a certain candidate for medical parole, or a presidential pardon.

  • john.m.mcdowall - 2012-10-03 14:43

    What's wrong with the system? Go effing arrest her and put the useless cretin where it belongs. In jail. BEE AAA Bitch.

  • Pete7930 - 2012-10-03 15:09

    Since when do criminals get requested to report for jail time? What happened to good old fashioned 'arrested and handcuffed'?

      maluxionn - 2012-10-03 15:26

      @pete7930 you had a gOod time during apartheid ne,this is no longer apartheid pples dignity are respected even if you have bee convicted.

      bob.small.7547 - 2012-10-03 15:34

      So tell me @maluxionn, what about the dignity of the lives, of those effected by the drugs that this toss of a woman sold?? She should have been handcuffed and frog marched to prison….period!

  • michael.beatty.585 - 2012-10-03 15:33

    Sheryl does not look well...clearly suffering from high blood pressure. I wonder what her golf handicap is going to be?

  • chris.phago - 2012-10-03 16:04

    She will get parole next year like Jackie Selabi who was terminally ill\watch the space b4 the end of 2013

      nickey.vanaswegen - 2012-10-03 16:24

      Can't you spell?

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-10-03 16:43

    who can enjoy to be jaied?

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-03 20:57

      @Harold.chisimba:)even those ladies who are roting in South American jails courtesy of her do not want to be in jail. worst for them they were promised none existing jobs. It is better for her she deserves what's coming to her. My former English teacher would call it poetic justice.

  • sminx.r.mandla - 2012-10-03 17:43

    Give the lady a break, she's still plotting on how to fake a sickness so she can also be sent home in a couple of days!!!

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-03 18:54

    Come on Cheryl, what's taking you so long? Brushing out your wigs?

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-03 19:37

      @irene.buthelezi:) she is consulting with her medical practioner she needs more than a Jackie-malitis. For a Jackie-malitis you must have been sentenced to 15 years, she was given 20 years. She is also busy is busy practising her golf swing to prepare for her political parole once she is declared to be at her \death door\. Some assault lessons will also come handy in case a journalist annoy her whilst she is waiting for her maker to come to reclaim her.

  • Pete7930 - 2012-10-03 22:54

    @maluxionn: u idiot, apartheid has nothing to do with the arresting of criminals.

  • bless.boswell - 2012-10-04 01:21

    Dealing in drugs (in other words drugs) should carry the death sentence, like in the East. Quick, simple and very permanent. Lekker! Same should apply to rape and murder and certain instances of child abuse. Life has become extremely cheap and insignificant in this country. Those who deem life to be worth nothing should not have the privilege of consuming our precious oxygen.

  • joy.clark.794628 - 2012-10-04 05:20

    Unbelievable! These people are convicted criminals and should be in prison to serve their sentence. This could only happen in South Africa.

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