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Cwele’s pal in Joburg drug rap

Durban - Convicted drug smuggler Frank Nabolisa has been convicted of drug possession and is to be sentenced by the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court in Johannesburg next month.

Nabolisa and his accomplice, Sheryl Cwele, the former director of health at the Hibiscus Coast Municipality and former wife of State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, are each serving 12 years at the Westville Prison in KwaZulu-Natal for trafficking cocaine.

Convicted drug dealer Frank Nabolisa. Credit: INDEPEDENT NEWSPAPERS

Nabolisa appeared briefly in the court in Alexandra in connection with a separate case on Tuesday.

According to Hawks spokesman Captain Paul Ramaloko, Nabolisa had been found guilty of being in possession of a sachet of cocaine and was to have been sentenced on Tuesday.

However, the matter was adjourned until next month.

In May 2011, Pietermaritzburg High Court Judge Piet Koen convicted Nabolisa and Cwele and sentenced them to 12 years.

They appealed, and the Supreme Court of Appeal increased their sentences to 20 years.

The pair then took the matter to the Constitutional Court, where their 12-year sentence was reinstated.

They had recruited KZN resident Tessa Beetge and offered her work overseas.

Beetge was arrested in Brazil in June 2008 after 10kg of cocaine were found in her luggage at the Sao Paulo airport.

The drug mule was sentenced to eight years in jail. She returned to South Africa last month.

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