It concluded that the total sentence of 32 years’ imprisonment had been appropriate.
On 6 July 2005 the appellant was released on bail pending appeal.
At that stage, he had already served a period of almost two and a half years of his sentence. On 7 November 2013, almost nine years after leave to appeal had been granted by the trial court, the appeal came before the Gauteng Division, Johannesburg (Wepener and Vally JJ).
The uncontested evidence tendered on behalf of the State was that the appellant had been identified as a dealer.
Two months later, the trial court granted a confiscation order against the appellant’s estate in terms of s 18 of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act 121 of 1998. On 18 February 2004 the appellant’s previous conviction and sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment were set aside on appeal.Subsequently, the trial court granted the appellant leave to appeal against the sentence imposed in this matter.