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Cwele’s lawyer denies estrangement claims

The lawyer for State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele’s wife has denied allegations the couple had...

Safety and Security minister's wife Sheryl Cwele. Picture: The Star.

The lawyer for State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele's wife has denied allegations the couple had been separated for five years.

Sheryl Cwele applied for bail in the Pietermaritzburg High Court after she was arrested by The Hawks a week ago on charges of drugs trafficking.

Cwele was at his wife's second appearance, he has not spoken about the charges.

The state was expected to oppose the bail application, saying Cwele was a flight risk because she held several passports.

The state submitted cell phone conversations, smses and emails as evidence to prove Cwele had been in contact with her co-accused Frank Nabolis and drug mule Tessa Beegte - who is serving an eight-year sentence in <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Brazil</country-region>.