Sheryl Cwele arrested for drug trafficking

Written by Times Live - MONICA LAGANPARSAD on 29 January 2010.

The wife of state security boss Siyabonga Cwele appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg High Court this afternoon on drug trafficking charges.

Sheryl Cwele, a high ranking municipal official on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, was arrested this morning following months of police investigations.

She is facing charges related to drug trafficking and is expected to appear in court again on February 12.

In March last year, the Sunday Times linked Cwele to jailed drug mule Tessa Beetge, who was arrested in Brazil with an estimated R3-million worth of raw cocaine while en route to South Africa two years ago.

Cwele was connected to Beetge, her former neighbour, through scores of e-mails, SMSs and prison letters.

Cwele at the time denied having anything to do with Beetge's arrest and claimed instead that she was merely helping her former neighbour to deceive her family about the trip.

Late last year police arrested alleged drug dealer Frank Nabolisa – the man who is also believed to be linked to the high-profile trafficking case.