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Drugs: Mom cancels Bangkok trip

2012-06-17 18:11

Johannesburg - The mother of a South African woman, accused of smuggling cocaine in her dreadlocks to Thailand, cancelled her trip to Bangkok on Sunday over security and health fears.

Nolubabalo "Babsie" Nobanda was arrested at the Bangkok International Airport in December last year for allegedly attempting to smuggle cocaine from Brazil to Thailand.

Police found 1.5kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of $150 000 (R1.2m) in her dreads.

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. Since then she has been detained in prison.

On Sunday, her mother, Honjiswa Mbewu, said she had cancelled her plans.

Neither she nor the legal adviser would be travelling to Bangkok to attend the judgement on Monday.

"I had to cancel my journey to that country because my doctor has indicated that I suffer from acute stress and may not be fit to travel," she said.

Her safety was another reason for cancelling the trip.

Facebook threats

"The syndicate which led Nobanda to Brazil had not yet been arrested by the South African authorities."

She also received threatening comments on social networking site Facebook.

"Some people are even posting scary stuff on Facebook, which is an indication that it is not safe for me to travel to Thailand."

Mbewu said the South African embassy in Thailand had contacted her.

"They said South African diplomats would be present in court on Monday to observe the court proceedings and would give feedback to the family."

Nobanda would be represented by a Bangkok state lawyer.

Comments
  • scnzama - 2012-06-17 18:43

    'Drugs:Mom cancels Bangkok trip' mxm what a stupid headline

      keneilwe.motheogane - 2012-06-19 07:45

      I guess its nt stupid headlines but a wake up call to our south african ladies who wuld anytin 4 mani, i for one dnt hav sympathy 4 dis gal. 'love of mani is de root of evil'

      zamekile.hlophe - 2012-06-19 11:03

      this is not a stupt artcle bt the lack of job opportunities may lead young people to involve themselves in stupt thngs lyk that gal.

  • Winifred - 2012-06-17 18:50

    Its very sad, but she knew that smuggling drugs was a huge crime. She had plenty of time to give herself up to the authorities and maybe she would have got off a lot lighter. South Africa is very lax on drug smuggling so innocent people believe if they try it out and get caught in another country they will get away with light punishment. Time South Africa took a page from other countries laws and punishment for smuggling drugs then that would send a message to our kids.

      Barefoot - 2012-06-17 19:41

      i hope you know that she travelled from Brazil with the drugs and not South Africa

  • ReapWhatUsow - 2012-06-17 19:19

    Mom cancelled the trip bcos the Lords didn't send her money 2 pay 4 the lawyer and the airticket....argh shame.......she just seeking some sympathy!!! NONE ava 2 criminals

  • johann.pretorius.7 - 2012-06-17 19:30

    Synical aren't we. Any parent would do what they could to help their child no matter what hey did wrong. Since the crime the daughter committed is punishable by death in Thailand my heart goes out to the old lady. The fact that the girl did it in the first place shows how desperate she was for money, which leads me to believe that the old lady probably can't afford the trip or the lawyer. The daughter did commit the crime, and was aware of the possible punishment, as well as the pitfalls of getting involved with cartels so she must accept what is coming her way. It still is sad that her mom won't be there for her now. Just know. That you are fortunate that it is not your daughter that is sitting in Bangkok prison right now.

      deborah.bergstedt - 2012-06-18 08:14

      I am fortunate because no matter how "desperate" we would NEVER resort to drug smuggling or any other form of criminal activity. This girl was not "desperate" she was STUPID!!!!! and thought that she would get away with it & in the process become "rich" - probably never got caught the previous times she did this deed

  • johan.vandermerwe.33 - 2012-06-18 05:38

    Hang the b!tch and get it over and done with!! Hang her for all the lives she wanted to destroy for money!! F*)#k her!

      violet.annah - 2012-06-18 11:16

      hooray that's good think again bra da chic didnt hurt any one so what 15 yrs :-)

  • henri.laurie.7 - 2012-06-18 06:47

    a dreaded beehive full go coke = no visit from mom in prison, why are we reading about this in this news? and?

  • sharon.phala.1 - 2012-06-19 15:05

    I do feel 4 the old lady for wht she has 2 go throu bcous of her selfish daughter,not after she has saw one of our woman being killed,but she still got the nerve 2 risk her life and go throu it.thts bull sh**t

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