Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sheryl Cwele decided not to take the witness stand....


The KwaZulu-Natal High Court will on Wednesday morning deliver judgment in the drug trafficking case involving the wife of the state security minister.

                                        State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele

The State alleges that Sheryl Cwele, wife of State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, and co-accused Frank Nabolisa conspired to use two women as drug mules.

Sheryl Cwele

Judge Piet Koen was expected to start delivering his judgment at 10:00.

The pair pleaded not guilty to dealing or conspiring to deal in drugs, procuring a woman called Charmaine Moss to collect drugs in Turkey, and procuring another woman, Tessa Beetge, to smuggle cocaine from South America.

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

Both Nabolisa and Cwele decided not to take the witness stand.

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