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Minister's wife in South Africa convicted for drugs trafficking

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Sheria (The Law Forum)' started by MtamaMchungu, May 5, 2011.

  1. MtamaMchungu

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    Sheryl Cwele, wife of
    South Africa's intelligence
    minister, has been
    convicted of drug
    Cwele, married to
    Siyabonga Cwele, recruited
    women to smuggle drugs
    into the country from
    Turkey and South America,
    a judge found.
    Allegations of drug
    trafficking surfaced in 2009
    after the arrest of a South
    African woman caught in
    Brazil with cocaine worth
    $300,000 (£200,000).
    Tessa Beetge is currently
    serving an eight-year jail
    sentence in Sao Paulo.
    She was found with 10kg
    (22lb) of cocaine in her
    Cwele was convicted along
    with her accomplice Frank
    Nabolisa, a Nigerian
    national, at the High Court
    in Pietermaritzburg.
    The pair, who had pleaded
    not guilty, face 15 years in
    prison. Sentencing is due on
    The opposition has called
    for Mr Cwele to step down,
    arguing that if he is not
    aware of his wife's illegal
    activities, he should no
    longer be in charge of the
    country's intelligence-
    Mr Cwele was not in court
    on Thursday and has not
    commented on the
    conviction of his wife,

    Source BBC