News24

3 month wait for drug mule - report

2011-12-19 11:17

Johannesburg - The suspected South African drug mule Nolubabalo Nobanda will appear in court in three months' time, The Star newspaper reported on Monday.

The family said on Sunday the South African embassy in Thailand had informed them through an e-mail that she was okay and would appear in three months.

Nobanda made headlines last week when she was arrested in Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport with 1.5kg of cocaine hidden in her dreadlocks.

Customs officials became suspicious when they noticed white powder in her hair. She had just stepped off a Qatar Airways flight, which had taken her from Sao Paulo in Brazil through Qatar to Bangkok.

Later, she was alleged to have told authorities she planned to meet someone at a hotel in Bangkok and hand over the drugs.

She was to be paid R16 000 on her return to South Africa.

Comments
  • Jono - 2011-12-19 11:26

    R16 000...would of told them to get stuffed!

      Cameronl - 2011-12-19 12:03

      Thats chump change!, its a joke man, I made money like that during my waitering days (good old fashioned hard earned money that helped me pay for my first car)

      joedoos - 2011-12-19 12:19

      So what am I to snort of a Bangkok Street Hookers backside this summer? Baking powder? This is a travesty!

      Squeegee - 2011-12-19 12:20

      What about the R20 000 she received before she went? Was that payment for another trip? Anyway - you cant believe anything she says.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-19 12:34

      Jono, are you saying you would have done it for more?

      Jono - 2011-12-19 12:54

      No i would not do it, but in her case, someone that would do it, R16000 is nothing. not enough for the risk that you take

      Fredster69 - 2011-12-19 13:08

      I think the focus must be on who is the drug lord

      Juan - 2011-12-19 17:10

      not even 16 million would have been worth it. She's going to rot in a Thai prison for the rest of her life. She's never going to see money again, and apparently those prisons aren't very nice.

      jruppersberg - 2011-12-19 19:39

      I can just imagine how many lives can be destroyed with 3KG of cocaine. Let her rot in jail where she belongs!

      Jean - 2011-12-20 04:39

      What happened to her friend?

  • Lynn - 2011-12-19 11:38

    In an earlier story it was reported that she had already been paid and took her friends out for dinner. Now the article says that she was to be paid on her return. If this is the case then perhaps she has done this a couple of times. No Sympathy at all.

      John - 2011-12-19 11:51

      She has definitely done this before. She was paid R20000 upfront and that was to get her to Brazil, where she would pick up the drugs before continuing to Thailand. The original article said that she told her friends in Grahamstown that business was good when asked where she got the money from. When she completed the "mission" successfully and returned to CT she would get the balance.

  • VerquelineBotha - 2011-12-19 11:38

    point is...no money in the world is worth YOUR FREEDOM....stupid girl!!!!!

  • Donovan - 2011-12-19 11:43

    Well, if you have the guts to weigh 25-life VS 16K, which gets you a busted up old VW beetle - then you are better off in a foreign Jail. Someone with that sort of mentality could easily put a gun in someone's face for a BMW.

      Van - 2011-12-20 06:58

      or vote for the ancESTORS

  • Roy - 2011-12-19 11:51

    She was caught with the drugs so why wait for 3 months before she appears in court. Give her the maximum sentence,ignore all pleas from the South African goverment to send her here to serve her sentence because she won't. She will be let free after a year and then try drug muling to another country. Let her pay for her greed.

      John - 2011-12-19 12:33

      @Roy, there is no way that the Thai's here are going to let her serve her time anywhere else than here. Because of the fact that she admitted to the crime might get her a wee bit of leniency off a full life sentence. After that she has to appeal and if that fails, she has to apply to the King for a pardon and he only considers those once a year(Dec5) on his birthday.

      Van - 2011-12-20 07:00

      Any contact details for the government in Thailand? Want to petition them to give her the death penalty. Finish and klaar.

  • Shoosh - 2011-12-19 11:54

    Why is she being reported as being a "suspected South African drug mule" when she has already admitted to the act of drug smuggling?

      John - 2011-12-19 12:43

      @Shoosh, the law works here pretty much the same as anywhere else. She is a suspect until proven guilty. Which is a forgone conclusion but nevertheless it has to go through the courts. The News24 article says that she will appear in 3 months, but it doesn't end there, it will get remanded probably a couple of times before she's sentenced. One girl I heard of here her hearings went on for 3 years before sentencing. It is also going to cost her family a lot of money because she has to buy her own food and drinking water. Go here to see life in A Thai Jail http://www.thaiprisonlife.com/

      Louis - 2011-12-19 18:37

      ThailandJohn The law here is different if yoy are an anc cadre

  • Thandiswa - 2011-12-19 12:31

    She got what she deserves , what the hell was she thinking am sure it wasnt the first time.....

      Zola - 2011-12-19 16:22

      At first, i truly felt sorry for her. That's until the statement she allegedly made to her friends that "business is good". When i read that, i was sooo angry and upset for letting her pay with my emotions:). Still feel bad for her family though, it wont be easy never seeing their child. Or coming to terms with what she has done.

  • MrGuyT - 2011-12-19 13:38

    Get into the drug business at your own peril ... dont winge when you caught and locked up forever... What a stupid girl , for 16K , unreal . Now her life is over . Its not worth it .

  • Paul - 2011-12-19 13:51

    Three months. Enough time to wash her hair.

  • millicentmnish - 2011-12-19 13:55

    PLEASE IM TIRED OF THIS STORY- GIVE US SOMETHING BETTER TO READ. I DONT SHARE ANY SYMPATHY FOR HER OR THE MOTHER- THATS WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU BECOME WISER THAN YOUR SHOES- THERE A PEOPLE WHO LIKE SHORT CUTS IN LIFE ( EASY MONEY) SHE MUST HAVE SAID AND FORGOT THE CONSEQUENCES MAYB SHE WAS TOLD U WILL NEVER BE CAUGHT- SHE SHOULD HAVE STUCK TO HER EDUCATION AND TAKE THE HONEST WAY OF LIVING- PLESE REMOVE THIS STORY LET HER SEAT IN THAILAND AND ENJOY LIFE - BUSINESS IS GOOD SO SHE SAID!!!!!

  • wilma.botts - 2011-12-19 14:35

    Hope she gets whats coming to her......these drug mules deserve to be treated like dirt......if they all stopped been the runner maybe the big supplier would get caught......

  • Elmandi - 2011-12-19 14:46

    R16000? Were they high?

  • eyez.samuels - 2011-12-19 16:21

    Mules are cheap lol

  • Perfume5 - 2011-12-19 19:18

    Stop deleting our comments, the SECRECY BILL has not been passed yet. Let me repeat my comment I made earlier: The Thai Government is still not buckling to the pressure of the South African Government, 3 months is a long time to spend in a foreign prison, and I read that these prisons are not nice at all. Her family is going to spend more than she received travelling to and from Thailand, making sure she has the necessities. I am sure Nobanda must be kicking herself for getting caught.

  • Alan - 2011-12-20 07:08

    The Government is doing nothing about these 'drug mules' cause you will more than likely find that some top ANC officials are the drug lords!!!!!

  • GuguLadyG - 2011-12-21 12:23

    this time the government has to track down those king pin as well nolubabalo cant suffer alone .we need those drug senders too they have to be arrested because they only send why cant they do it themselves!!!!!!!

  • Gwen - 2011-12-28 08:38

    Hush... Everytime I hear those words in private talks, people Hush immediately. Did you hear them too? Rumors say that just the rich people know all about it. Just do a G00GLE search for "BlueGoldHunt" all one word and click the first site that comes up.

  • afroduckk - 2012-01-03 23:58

    Why wait 3 months, sentence her on the spot to DEATH , these smugglers only deserve that.

  • grace.ryne - 2012-01-04 02:27

    To be sincere at the age of 23.."SA Ladies watch out hustlers are always on the winning side,easy come easy go, parents are also to be blamed don't push your kids button for wealth," ..The root of all evil "Money' those peps were to make billions while u accept peaunts of approx 30,000 :-( shame better try than never....'"

  • Tough - 2012-01-04 14:39

    Just like Janice Lynden, I wonder what they would've done if they weren't caught? If you're as dumb as either of them, you deserve whats coming your way!

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