Sheryl Cwele's sentence increased

2012-10-01 14:12

Bloemfontein - The prison sentences of Sheryl Cwele - former wife of State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele - and her co-accused were increased to 20 years on Monday.

"The effects of their deeds on the community at large far outweigh their personal circumstances and justify a long term of imprisonment," the Supreme Court of Appeal concluded.

Cwele and Frank Nabolisa were found guilty in May 2011 of drug dealing by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment each.

Cwele, 50, appealed to the SCA against her conviction only, while Nabolisa appealed both his conviction and sentence.

Not guilty pleas

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.

A full bench in an unanimous judgment, said in many similar cases the drug courier or "mule" got caught, while the handler - the real dealer or importer - remained safe in the background to carry on with his or her evil deeds.

SCA President Lex Mpati said in this case it was only through the courage and determination of Beetge’s mother that the real culprits were brought to book.

The SCA judgment held that Cwele and Nabolisa, by being involved in the drug trade, had reconciled themselves to sowing the seeds of destruction, directly and indirectly, in the lives of a number of people, including children.

The SCA held that Nabolisa sent Beetge to South America to collect cocaine and bring it back to South Africa.

"It is the only reasonable inference to be drawn from the totality of the proved facts," the judge said.

The SCA found it might well be that Cwele played a lesser role in the whole enterprise, but as a qualified nurse she must have known the dangers inherent in the use of drugs.

Willing partner

"Yet she was a willing partner in the commission of the crime, who befriended and preyed on vulnerable women in furtherance of the criminal enterprise."

The judge said on the facts the "inference was irresistible (compelling)" that Cwele must have known that Beetge was being asked to ferry cocaine to South Africa.

The SCA held the trial court was correct in treating Cwele and Nabolisa equally. The court dismissed their appeals against their convictions.

It found the 12-year prison sentence imposed on each of them by the trial court disturbingly inappropriate. The high court’s sentences were replaced with a sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment for each of them.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-01 14:14

    ROFL!!!! Now can she please go and serve the sentence????

      Kawasaki1985 - 2012-10-01 14:38

      Renal Failure !!

      Willie - 2012-10-01 14:48

      We need to establish whether she's got chronic diseases or not---otherwise 2 months down the line she'll be terminally ill

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-10-01 14:49

      Wonderful news. She thougth she was going to get off. Now she can enjoy the hospitality of correctional sevices for a longer time.

      p.borchard - 2012-10-01 15:04

      OH HAPPY DAY!!!!!!!! @maenawn, I agree, best they do a thorough medical exam before she hands in her Gucci's for Batas.

      croix.mactee - 2012-10-01 15:04

      Wow! There IS a God up there ............ Bwaaaaaahahahahahahaha!!!

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-10-01 15:09

      ho ho ho its off to jail we go

      johnwilliam.roberts - 2012-10-01 15:17

      she will be out in 6 weeks due to no tampax in jail that comes from woolworths .

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-01 15:25

      This should serve as a strong deterrent to other Nigerians who think they are untouchable in SA.Say no to crime and stop dragging the image of Nigerians in the mud. There are ample honest ways to make money in SA,just use your brains and stop looking for short cuts.Your drug dealing is not only tarnishing our image as Nigerians but destroying the lives of people in South Africa. Check your conscience ,is this really what you want to be remembered for? STOP IT NOW!

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-01 15:35

      this is a GOOD thing! I had to do a double-take on what I am actually reading!

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-10-01 16:11

      TOTALLY AGREED SHARON! Bet she's scheming what excuse she can now make use of to obtain early parole. The absolute gall of these people - they have absolutely no shame!

      roger.williams.37604303 - 2012-10-01 18:50

      What's her handicap? Can she use the front tees?

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-10-01 18:54

      this is brilliant! im from the south coast and this b^tch was getting a full salary whilst during her court cases. may she rot in prison! amen!

      megala.arxithia - 2012-10-02 05:16


      jamie.stockley - 2012-10-02 13:32

      Pack your golf clubs aunty !

      mattewis.kat - 2012-10-02 13:34

      Can't she at least act a little afraid of going to prison to serve the two weeks of her 20 year sentence? Behold, the wife of the minister of state security sentenced for dealing drugs! Not even the Carry On movies were this hilarious!

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-10-01 14:17

    still think its so funny her husband, claims he never knew a thing...minister of intellegence.

      deon.jansevanrensburg.58 - 2012-10-01 14:34

      Please don't use the word Intelligence and Minister in the same sentence - not in this country

      gerald.umraw - 2012-10-01 15:16

      oxy-"moron" if ever there was one

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-01 15:36

      they should revise the meaning of "minister of intelligence" in south africa..!

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-01 16:35

      No,minister with a lack of intelligence..... just like the rest.

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-10-01 20:04

      Minister and intelligence are a contradiction of terms, and are mutually exclusive. The only skill required of a cabinet minister is to brown nose the President.

      wt.echoridgetimes - 2012-10-02 10:01

      Thats is what you get for wasting the court’s F***ING time!

  • Sechaba30 - 2012-10-01 14:21

    Is she from KZN?

      upumba - 2012-10-01 14:39

      of what relevance is that, land?

      chez.kri - 2012-10-01 15:18

      @Sechaba. Yes She was some bigshot in the Port Shepstone municipality area. i wonder what will happen now, about the Beetge and other woman thats in jail in foreign countries?

      kevin.dry1 - 2012-10-01 15:22

      Yes - she was until recently employed by the municipality in charge of health !!!!!

      Armand - 2012-10-01 15:30

      @ Upumba. Duh! That is where the President comes from.....and he protects his "kind"

  • ben.spreeth - 2012-10-01 14:24

    Very good news indeed.

  • lulama - 2012-10-01 14:24

    Ain't life a b!tch. hope she is not released on 'medical' parole.

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-10-01 14:25

    Good riddance!We are minus 2 skelms in this country,now go and take the measurements of your orange uniform NOW.

  • camp.j - 2012-10-01 14:26

    "Go directly to jail, do not pass begin, do not collect R200" lol, it's porridge time!

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-10-01 14:26

    Guess who is out of favor? I wonder if she will take up Golf in the near future?

  • charles.venter.12 - 2012-10-01 14:26

    The Best News I have heard in a very long time , Send them to jail in an African country and not in one of our Hotel jails

      Sealebareki - 2012-10-01 14:32

      yes khartoum

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-10-01 14:30

    Now it's time to rot in jail ma old lady

  • Adriano Rodrigues - 2012-10-01 14:30

    We will be expecting the resignation of the Intelligence Minister by the end of the week.

      johnny.matsetse - 2012-10-01 14:44

      Y should he resign if I may ask ?Or maybe it is how justice is all about in SA,if my wife is caught doing crime Y must I also suffer

      p.borchard - 2012-10-01 15:06

      johnny - maybe you have missed the honourable minister's department INTELLIGENCE - if he was unaware of his wife's moves, what does that say for his capability to do his official job?

      verlene.abdol - 2012-10-01 15:47

      @Johnny... well if you in charge of Intelligence of a country and cant even keep a lid on your family, then yes you should.

      maserame.kale - 2012-10-02 09:37

      It was only whe she got arrested that the media found out that she's been divorced from the Minister for a long time. So why should he resign?

      maserame.kale - 2012-10-02 09:38

      It was only whe she got arrested that the media found out that she's been divorced from the Minister for a long time. So why should he resign?

  • willie.pietersen - 2012-10-01 14:31

    And her husband did not know----------not much for a Minister of State Security ????

  • Bob - 2012-10-01 14:34

    Now this is the way to do it...! When the blatantly guilty appeal, just increase their sentences so others learn not to waste courts time...!

  • thulani.msimang - 2012-10-01 14:34

    I see sombody developing a bad case of the Shaiks, as in Shabir Shaik illness.

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      jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-10-01 15:48

      If she can bring votes / support in for Showerhead, she will be given parole on Zoomalites, a terminal desease that will have you dead in 65years and 4 months. LOL

  • thozi - 2012-10-01 14:42

    I love the SCA...

  • charles.venter.12 - 2012-10-01 14:42

    Best News I have heard in a long time. Send them to an African jail and not to one of our Hotel Jails.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-01 14:48

    Good news,now wait for the "Im Dying" bit! Lock the itch up and leave her there!

  • Tilt777 - 2012-10-01 14:49

    Wow - this is a surprise.

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-10-01 14:49

    Malu. Whether its black or white or indian. If u did wrong u gotta face consequences. Sunday rapist deserved jail time.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-01 14:50

    FANTASTIC NEWS! She is not above the law, her arrogance has been rewarded with an extra 8 years.

  • Mike Peach - 2012-10-01 14:50

    or suspended on full pay as money grows on the tax paying trees.

  • francie.potgieter - 2012-10-01 14:51

    Wonder how long will it be for her to develop a terminally sickness and what will it be this time. Because thaey are running out of sicknesses, perhaps cancer that hasn't been used yet.

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-10-01 14:56

    I bet she will pick up a "terminal illness" in less than a month....

      rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-01 15:09

      @ denny Nyc one ma bru u made me lough out of this but anyway its gonna happen in lessa than three yrs

      alexandra.nett - 2012-10-01 16:09

      Yes, then she should have enough "medication" on hand to self-medicate in jail!

  • gerhard.debruijn - 2012-10-01 15:00

    WHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! This is just too funny for words!

  • nkosinathi.sinanda - 2012-10-01 15:01

    Political connected criminals fall gravely ill once they go to jail and are guaranteed presidential parole by the sitting president, and in few time "wallah"!! they will be found playing golf and seeping expensive whisky.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-01 15:04

      Nkosinathi, the word is "Voila!". A "wallah" was an Indian woman employed by the colonialist British to do their washing, or "dhobi", and is considered a derogatory term.

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-10-01 15:07

      @stirrer.stirrer Did that really need correcting? Who cares about the the spelling! You just a regular bored internet A-hole of note!

      chez.kri - 2012-10-01 15:20

      @stirrer. Really? Thats your best comment? Get a life!

      alexandra.nett - 2012-10-01 16:11

      Take no notice of STIRRER......he is like an unwanted bad smell....lurking in the background on the outskirts where he will always be.

      donovan.jackson.37 - 2012-10-01 20:45

      Actually, Stirrer and others, the expression is 'et voilà'. A viola is a musical instrument...if you wanna split hairs...

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-10-01 15:04

    What? No ubuntu? Pardon, what is that? Oh! I see. Ubuntu is a private matter. You mean like the Shaik and Selebi matters?

  • draad.trekker.1 - 2012-10-01 15:04


  • terry.burne - 2012-10-01 15:07

    I bet she serves less than 3 years before she has a "life threatening disease" and is paroled. These ANC scum have no respect for honesty or integrity.

  • bharrison70 - 2012-10-01 15:10

    When is The One-AND-ONLY Hotel(Cape Town )going to be converted into a VIP prison ?

  • nkosinathi.sinanda - 2012-10-01 15:13

    @@stirrer.stirrer - I did not use "Wallah" to insult but to express how quick and easy political connected criminals find presidential pardon favour once they are convicted of serious crimes. Sorry if it meant something bad to you but I am disappointed by the political oiled criminals whose immunity sudenly deteriorate once they are convicted of serious crimes

  • siza.silvester - 2012-10-01 15:15

    She was being paid big bucks as a Municipal What What. She pounced on unsuspecting - Okay some of them were PRO DRUG MULES - desperate women to go to dangerous places, where they knew no-one or anywhere - they could have disappeared over there - she was married to a Cabinet Minister, who has been "deployed" to many lucrative positions since, no before, 1994, she, reportedly has no children (?) ... after being convicted by a high court, still maintains she is innocent, I was just wondering how a court increases ones Sentence, that's all.

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-10-01 15:18

    Justice is done! Rot in jail you destroy our children's lives with your drug dealings! Lets hope she doesn't develop a case of Selebi Shaiks, apparently its life threatening but only lasts about a year then you magically recover!

      tshepo.thinane.9 - 2012-10-01 15:25

      Guys I do not see any reason for these drug dealers to be put in JAIL, our country must a death sentence for these dealers as they are destroying the future of our kids. Look at the killings at Cape due to drugs. BRING BACK THE DEATH SENTENCE.

  • chris.khanye - 2012-10-01 15:32

    Our constitutional democracy is the only hope we have. That's the appropriate sentence!

  • luyolo.mgodi - 2012-10-01 15:32


  • johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-10-01 15:43

    Go for it judge, let them have it. good message for the other criminals who are or are married to government ministers.

  • verlene.abdol - 2012-10-01 15:45

    Finally a story that restores faith in the South African Judicial System... Just hope that we see similiar convictions and sentencing on other stories in our society...

      Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-10-01 15:50


  • robert.nelson.92754397 - 2012-10-01 15:49

    Mark my words the first time she has a bad hair day she will be released on medical parole.

  • richard.zanner - 2012-10-01 15:50

    Oh Goody. Let them go rot.

  • richard.zanner - 2012-10-01 15:52

    Wonder how soon she will get out for that terminal disease she is going to develop in jail. It is a funny thing with these jails, the previous two who were on their last recovered after being released.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-01 15:52

    Now I, one of the few taxpayers, will pay to house and feed her for the next 20 years.

  • darra.pillay - 2012-10-01 15:58

    .... which begs the question .. IS IT AT ALL POSSIBLE THAT SIYABONGA DID'NT KNOW? ... WAS NOT AWARE? Two reasons why he should be fired: 1) He knew and did'nt know what to do. or simply didn'nt act. 2) He did'nt know! Minister of State Security ... and he did'nt know? .. under his nose? He can't possibly be trusted with the security of the state. He has questions to answer. Unless he has a third option ... Fire him!

      archie.mooki - 2012-10-01 16:39

      He must be fired

      archie.mooki - 2012-10-01 16:39

      He must be fired

      german.mazokera - 2012-10-02 17:48

      U might never know in which side he is, he might have a hand in this final judgement,remember its his, former wife and her, most probably boyfriend who in my view caused the termination of a good marriage

  • lwazi.sithole.9 - 2012-10-01 16:00

    well done, maybe the Moss girl can get repatriated to serve her sentence in SA

  • suren.moodley.92 - 2012-10-01 16:03

    when are we going to have an open day against crime. when all the good people of south africa both black and white can join forces to protest, and act against criminals. this will surely bring a change. this sentence goes some way to sort this criminalout.

      archie.mooki - 2012-10-01 16:27

      yebo I agree we are all affected and together we can defeat crime

  • darrel.botes - 2012-10-01 16:03

    Now that is how justice should work.

  • mark.bredenkamp - 2012-10-01 16:04

    I see that they hired Kemp J Kemp to try to get them off the hook. Don't know who's paying the legal bills. He's the lawyer that Zuma hired to get him off the hook. For once justice was done, and an expensive lawyer couldn't help.

      p.borchard - 2012-10-02 12:00

      Mark, I think it is a given that the taxpayer was the payer of these bills - once again. And she received her full salary all the time. What is the chances of recouping those millions - A BIG FAT ZERO. I would be happy (or at least not so unhappy) about paying legal bills for those government officials who are found innocent, but how often does that happen? If these b.s.ters were liable for their own legal fees upfront, we would not have such protracted cases (Selebi et all) that we have to fork up for with no chance of ever recouping it.

  • bevan.carpenter.1 - 2012-10-01 16:06

    i love the outcome and the fairness, if she can appeal to have sentence reduced, its only fair that the option is there to increase it too

  • gawien1 - 2012-10-01 16:09

    Eish!!!! Eina!

  • cheslin.white.7 - 2012-10-01 16:10

    More of the same please.

  • cheslin.white.7 - 2012-10-01 16:10

    More of the same please.