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Dreadlocked drug mule not a Wits student

2011-12-14 12:03

Johannesburg - A South African woman who was arrested in Thailand for hiding cocaine in her dreadlocks is not a student at Wits University, the institution said on Wednesday.

"Wits University would like to place on record that Ms Nolubabalo Nobanda, an alleged drug mule, was never registered as a student at Wits University," spokesperson Shirona Patel said in a statement.

"The university cannot find any student record under this name."

The Star newspaper on Wednesday reported that Nobanda was studying "something in the legal field" at Wits University, according to her Facebook profile.

The 23-year-old was searched in Thailand on Monday when police said they noticed a white substance in her hair shortly after she stepped off a Qatar Airways flight.

Police found 1.5kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of $150 000 hidden in her dreadlocks.

She admitted to authorities that she smuggled the drugs and said she was hired to deliver the cocaine to a customer at a hotel in Bangkok.

Comments
  • Mobby - 2011-12-14 12:19

    She was studying drugology @Wits...

      OSSY24 - 2011-12-14 12:58

      she is now dreadlockless

      yola.me - 2011-12-14 13:44

      she is now on a dealocks after she was found with druglocks

      Zizi - 2011-12-14 13:47

      Drugology @ Witsology!

  • Chris - 2011-12-14 12:20

    And how is this relevant? Being a Wits student or not it makes no difference; she just has to face the music for her crimes. Even if she was indeed a Wits student I don’t think this would present Wits in a negative light.

      Esperanca - 2011-12-14 17:56

      This is disturbing, lets assume Wits is right, she has never been a student there, can you imagine what that will do to the parents, first they learn she's pushing drugs and now she lied about being a student? I wonder if they evn know who she really is!

  • Monique - 2011-12-14 12:36

    oh my...here we go again!

  • Eric - 2011-12-14 12:53

    who cares whether she is or is not a wits student.who cares what school, she goes to or what colour panty she wears, or what brand of eye shadow etc. None of the abovementioned has anything to do with her drug smuggling.She committed a crime now do the time.

      Wiseo - 2011-12-15 00:36

      I would think it might very well matter to Wits (or any other university for that matter). It might be seen as an embarrassment for a university if their law students are caught abroad, smuggling drugs.

  • Azande - 2011-12-14 12:57

    as if it matters, petty and childish. if she was then what?

  • braamc - 2011-12-14 13:02

    Just a bad hair day

  • Daan - 2011-12-14 13:06

    Wonder if she will also claim that she was "framed"

      Azande - 2011-12-14 13:20

      and say when she boarded the flight she did not have dreadlocks. she took a nap in the flight and woke up with them.

      Kerry - 2011-12-14 13:21

      by bob bwaaaaaaaahahahah

  • Daan - 2011-12-14 13:15

    She should point the person that persuaded her to do the crime, and then the Govt should act accordingly. If the "persuader" is found guilty, send him/her as an exchange "student" to do the time.

      Esperanca - 2011-12-14 17:58

      find the hairdresser, bloody agent!

  • guy.goes1 - 2011-12-14 13:16

    What on earth does her being a wits student or not have to do with this really dumb and greedy person who is part of the vile racket to distribute death and disaster. Sorry dear hang.

  • Charlie - 2011-12-14 13:25

    "Wits University would like to place on record that Ms Nolubabalo Nobanda, an alleged drug mule, was never registered as a student at Wits University," spokesperson Shirona Patel said in a statement. And I always thought if you admit to commiting the crime, then its no longer an allegation.

      brewster - 2011-12-14 14:31

      True, but remember, she admitted that she smuggled the drugs. The fact that she is a mule (somebody that's delivering or carrying drugs on behalf of somebody else), as she claims has not been proven yet.

  • Roy - 2011-12-14 13:28

    Send her,after giving her the same lethal injection that the Chinese gave the drug mule on monday,to the same place where they all should go,HELL These people are not learning from the fate of others so why show them any mercy. Our Goverment should not become involved because we cannot control the Nigerians and others who deal in drugs in South Africa.

  • bmaestro - 2011-12-14 14:42

    SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN HAVE BECOME TOO DESPARATE,QUICK MONEY IS NOT THE ANSWER,NEITHER IS IT A SHORTCUT TO SUCCESS,RECENTLY A S.A WOMAN WAS EXECUTED IN CHINA BCOZ OF DRUGS-NOW THIS MULE IS AGAIN EMBARASSING US AS A NATION AGAIN-IN BANGKOK THEY ALSO HAVE DEATH PENALTY FOR THESE KIND OF CRIMES-LETS SEE HOW OUR GVT IS GONNA DO BOUT IT..................MXM...HARDWORK HAS NEVER KILLED ANY1

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-14 15:44

    She is to stupid to be a varsity student. Like they not gonna suspect a rastafarian is carrying drugs.

  • David - 2011-12-14 16:01

    It is sad to learn that our african sisters lower themseves to such an extent of selling drugs.

  • lindakhum - 2011-12-14 16:30

    Ihlazo leli

  • phataphata - 2011-12-14 18:01

    I`m going 2 tell it straight as it is. Call me xenophobic if you like this is my patriotic stance. These drug mule episodes ring of the hallmarks of nigerian druglords preying on the stupidity of SA girls. But we`ll never know bcos here there`ll b no further probes into it. SA girls stay away from Nigerians i say!

  • Itumeleng - 2011-12-14 19:17

    one less drug pusher = X number less drug addicts = X number families misery less = increased positive outcome for x number of individualities thanks to Thailands police system.

  • Itumeleng - 2011-12-14 19:46

    does it matter whether she was or not

  • charmaine.rowlands - 2011-12-14 23:44

    Don't know if anyone watched the "press release" video... humiliation in the extreme! I swear the cops were laughing their asses off! But really, this should be a lesson to ANYONE even vaguely THINKING about smuggling drugs into the Far East - DO NOT DO IT!! Perhaps SA should take a leaf out of their book, we could eradicate crime in a few weeks. Feel for her family though, she's in sooooo much trouble. 25-years to life for Cocaine in Thailand - no exceptions

  • Richard - 2011-12-15 06:09

    she should have had blonde dread locks then maybe they wouldnt have seen the coke in her hair Surely if she did go to Wits she would have been smarter Obviously not

  • Tennille - 2011-12-15 09:05

    Whatever happened to working for your money, did she think doing a bit of waitress work was beneath her? I bet she is sorry now.

  • tumelo.theka - 2011-12-15 09:16

    that's a discgrace!!!

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