Cwele appeals verdict
'While she may have arranged for the two women to travel overseas, she did not know it was for a nefarious purpose'
THE Supreme Court of Appeal will today hear an appeal by Sheryl Cwele and Nigerian Frank Nabolisa against their convictions and sentences.
Cwele, former wife of State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, and Nabolisa were convicted of drug dealing by the Pietermaritzburg High Court and each sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment.
Cwele, 50, is appealing against her conviction only, while Nabolisa is appealing both his conviction andsentence.
Cwele and Nabolisa were found guilty in May 2011 of recruiting two women to transport drugs.
Both had 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.
According to papers filed at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, Cwele wants the court to look at whether her guilt had been established beyond a reasonable doubt.
While she may have arranged for the two women to travel overseas, she did not know it was for a nefarious purpose, she has submitted in papers.
The SCA was also asked to consider whether the only inference to be drawn from the proven facts was that Cwele and Nabolisa had jointly recruited drug mules.
Nabolisa was in custody, and Cwele out on R100000 bail, pending their appeals.