Cwele's prison D-Day arrives

Correctional services said Sheryl Cwele had still not arrived to begin serving her prison term.

Sheryl Cwele. Picture: Shan Pillay/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Correctional Services in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday said it was still waiting to hear when Sheryl Cwele will begin serving her prison term for drug dealing.

The former wife of State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele has until Wednesday to hand herself in.

On Monday, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) turned down her conviction appeal and that of her co-accused Frank Nabolisa.

The court also decided that their sentences should be increased from 12 years, handed down to them by Judge Piet Koen in the Pietermaritzburg High Court, to 20 years.

While handing down his ruling, Koen described Cwele's offences as very serious, saying many lives were destroyed by drugs.

He said families suffer as a result of dealers who often initiate addiction by constant supply and thrive on that addiction.

He added that he had considered the fact that Cwele and Nabolisa were first time offenders and that they had good prospects of rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, correctional services spokesperson Nokuthula Zikhali on Wednesday said they had not yet prepared any arrangements for her accommodation in a KwaZulu-Natal prison.

"We'll only be able to see the documents when she arrives and presents them to us."