Longer jail sentence for Sheryl Cwele

Sheryl Cwele’s drug dealing sentence was increased to 20 years following her appeal.

Sheryl Cwele. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Monday increased Sheryl Cwele's drug dealing sentence.

State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele's ex-wife was slapped with a 20 year sentence after she appealed an earlier ruling against her.

Cwele was originally sentenced to 12 years behind bars for drug dealing by the Pietermaritzburg High Court in KwaZulu-Natal back in May 2011.

Her co-accused, Frank Nabolisa, also appealed against his conviction and sentence.

The new judgment handed down by the Bloemfontein court dismissed their appeals and increased their sentences to 20-years each.

Nabolisa has been in custody, while Cwele has been out on R100,000 bail.

Both accused pleaded not guilty to conspiring to deal in drugs.