Cwele hands herself over to begin sentence

Sheryl Cwele has handed herself over to begin her 20-year prison sentence.

Sheryl Cwele is seen inside the Pietermaritzburg High Court where she was applying for bail on 5 February 2010. Picture: Shan Pillay/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Convicted drug dealer Sheryl Cwele handed herself over to the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Thursday, the KwaZulu-Natal National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed.

Provincial NPA spokesperson Natasha Ramkissoon said the registrar's office at the court had confirmed her arrival.

She said Cwele's jail term should be immediate and added it was now in the ambit of police authorities as well as that of the Department of Correctional Services.

Cwele, the former wife of State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele and Nigerian national Frank Nabolisa were convicted by the High Court in May last year.

The pair were also found guilty of recruiting Charmaine Moss and Tessa Beetge to smuggle drugs into the country.

In a notice from the prosecuting authority, she was told to present herself at the Westville Prison before 1pm today.

On Monday, the Supreme Court of Appeal turned down their appeal and increased her original sentence of 12 years to 20 years behind bars.

Nabolisa has been in custody since his arrest.