Convicted drug mule seeks Brazilian pardon

Parents of Tessa Beetge, who assisted police in prosecuting Sheryl Cwele, will request she be pardoned.

Sheryl Cwele,wife of Minister for State Security Siyabonga Cwele, is seen inside the Pietermaritzburg High Court where she is applying for bail, Friday, 5 February 2010.Cwele and Frank Nabolisa, a Nigerian arrested last month, face three charges. These are: dealing or conspiring to deal in drugs; procuring a woman called Charmaine Moss to collect drugs in Turkey; and procuring another woman, Tessa Beetge, to smuggle nine kilograms of cocaine from South America.Picture: Shan Pillay/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The parents of a convicted drug mule who helped in the prosecution of State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele's wife Sheryl said at the weekend they hope to meet with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at the BRICS Summit in Durban later this month to request a pardon for their daughter.

Tessa Beetge was arrested in Brazil in 2008 with 10, 2 kg of cocaine in her luggage.

Beetge testified against Cwele and her co accused Frank Nabolisa, implicating them in a drug trafficking operation.

In October last year Cwele and Nabolisa were each sentenced to 20 years in jail.