Sheryl Cwele ordered to report to prison

Convicted drug dealer Sheryl Cwele is expected to start serving her 20-year sentence on Thursday.

Convicted drug dealer Sheryl Cwele is expected to start serving her 20 years sentence on Thursday.

JOHANNESBURG - Convicted drug dealer Sheryl Cwele has until 1pm on Thursday to hand herself over to officials at the Westville Prison.

State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele's ex-wife was convicted in the Pietermaritzburg High Court in May 2011.

She and Nigerian national Frank Nabolisa were found guilty of recruiting two women to transport drugs from South America.

They were then sentenced to 12 years imprisonment each.

The duo took the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein, where the original sentence was increased from 12 to 20 years on Monday.

Cwele was appealing her conviction, while Nabolisa appealed his sentence.

The National Prosecuting Authority's Natasha Ramkisson says Cwele and her lawyers were advised of the deadline on Tuesday.

"The registrar sent through the letter to Sheryl Cwele and her legal representative on Tuesday. The letter does stipulate that she has until Thursday to hand herself over the Westville Prison and that is between 8:30am and 1pm."

Cwele is currently out on R100,000 bail.