George Mari, MPP
DA KZN Spokesperson on COGTA
THE increased sentence meted out to Sheryl Cwele and her co-accused Frank Nabolisa should send out a strong message to drug peddlers – do the crime and you will almost certainly do the time.
There is only one thing missing and that is for the pair to be incarcerated in the same Brazilian prison as their ‘mule’, Tessa Beetge, so that they too can experience the anguish of being denied any contact with family, apart from on their birthdays and Christmas Day.
Ongoing efforts by Beetge’s mother, Marie Swanepoel, to have her child freed are remarkable. The finalisation of the case against Cwele and Nabolisa has undoubtedly fuelled her resolve and the Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal fully supports her intention to approach the NPA, with the request that representation be made for a reduced sentence or the possible release of her daughter.