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Freed drug mule full of regret

2012-03-16 09:20

Cape Town - A Western Cape woman has arrived home after spending seven years in a Mauritian prison for drug smuggling.

Anneline Mouton touched down at Cape Town International Airport on Thursday. She was jailed for smuggling drugs onto the island, Eyewitness News reported.

Mouton had a miscarriage shortly after she was sent to prison and reportedly suffered great unhappiness, discomfort and pain during her incarceration.

On Thursday, she criticised the South African government, saying it did not do enough to help prisoners in foreign countries.

Mouton said she was desperate to make it up to her family.

“Yes, I’ve done something wrong and I’m sorry I’ve done it. I’m paying [for it] every day of my life. I need my family,” she told Eyewitness News.
 
She told reporters she paid for what she had done every day of her life and said she needed her family.
 

Comments
  • Pythagoras - 2012-03-16 09:30

    I hope her family forgives her... Shame. Everybody makes mistakes and she paid for hers. Forgive her and help her re-establish a normal life Mouton family.

      JasonEye - 2012-03-16 10:00

      I cant believe her criticizing the SA government for not doing enough to help Saffas in foreign jails???? WTF what must they do? you smuggled drugs and you did 7 years. sounds about right!

      Anastasia - 2012-03-16 10:18

      I completely agree with Jason. When she says "government", what she actualy means, is OUR bloody tax money needs to be wasted on sending a diplomat to pat her on the head every 5 minutes. Stuff that. She made a choice. I agree that Jail is a nasty place to be, but it is NOT our responsibility to make life easy for her when she messed up. Damn cheek of it!

      brionyl.french - 2012-03-16 10:22

      she could have been sentenced to death like the other South African idiot trafficking drugs...so she should be grateful she is home

      Zifnab - 2012-03-16 12:35

      Screw that. How many lives have been destroyed by the very drugs that she has peddled before getting caught. I hope her life is destroyed as 7 years is nothing!!

      philip.venter1 - 2012-03-16 13:42

      Funny how everyone blames the symptom while the disease is left to continue it's spreading unnoticed and uncared for. I'm assuming none of you have ever been in such a desperate position that you had to do anything it takes to put food on the table. You don't even know what the circumstances that lead her to do what she did was yet you judge her as if it's your job. You gotta love humanity... Brand Suid-Afrika!

      Ronald - 2012-03-16 14:27

      @philip.venter1.Only genetic trash or people with no moral fibre will "do anything" to put food on the table, more specifically if this "anything" includes being a drug mule.I have been in that position of my family not having even a crust of bread to eat, but that did not push me into the situation where I would place other lives at risk to feed my family.I always found legitimate means of placing food on the table, and in the long run this has enabled me to create and grow a successful company.Instead of taking the easy way out and indirectly being complicit in murdering other people, get a spine and work for it!The same goes for those healthy specimens that beg on every street corner. Come wash my car if you need money, that is how I started.

      philip.venter1 - 2012-03-16 14:47

      Woah, calm down there Ronald. It's almost like you're categorizing me as someone who decides to make such choices. I have a good legal job and I don't plan on becoming a mule in my forseeable future. You obviously missed my point. I was trying to point out that people just judge others without even knowing the circumstances and that they are lashing out at the mules while the actual problem (drug lords) are kept in the dark. For those who still don't understand what I was trying to say here's a quick summary: 1. Stop judging others. 2. Be mad at the disease, not the symptom. Hope there aren't any more misinterpretations.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-03-16 09:32

    WTF? Honey you committed a crime. Do the time. Feeling sorry for you is the LAST thing we should do.

      shelley.hutcheon1 - 2012-03-16 09:48

      Ah OK so you are so perfect never made a mistake she's paid the price for her mistake you should wish her well

      tinkerbell7 - 2012-03-16 09:52

      7 years in jail in another country, i would say she did her time... besides, family is not to Judge. Family should love and support her and be happy that she is home. Was wrong of her to criticise the government, never the less... her family will always be her family

      Mike - 2012-03-16 10:01

      And you are so perfect,and all of your family members are I assume.Me thinks she paid her dues and she deserves a little break.She admits that she made a mistake and I think we should give her a second chance.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-16 10:04

      Really Shelley? Personally I think drugs should be legal, people can do what they want. However they are NOT legal, therefore she broke the law and was stupid enough to get caught. Have I ever trafficked drugs? No. Would I? No.

      Gungets - 2012-03-16 11:20

      All the bleeding hearts - have you thought about how she has aided and abetted drug smuggling. She got caught this time, but are you 1/2 aware that she was in all likelihood just the decoy for a larger shipment that was overlooked while they arrested her. That IS the way it works. How much sympathy do you have for the innocent victims of drug abuse that she helped make miserable. The families of the addicts that wish this whole thing would go away. Sympathy from me - nope. She did not give a rats #rse about the victims but now she wants my sympathy, how exactly does that work?

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-16 11:41

      Shelley were not saying that she cannot restart her life, but to accuse the SA govt of not doing enough! Really! Wonder what she would have done had she got away with it.. do another run! You have to take resposibility for your actions!

  • John - 2012-03-16 09:34

    Critises the S.A. Government does not do enough for prisoners in foreign countries! This one area of Government I can agree with for doing nothing/very little.

      Ashley - 2012-03-16 09:42

      100% - if you do the crime, do the time! don't look for sympathy.

      Gungets - 2012-03-16 10:37

      Correct. Was she going to share the profits with the South African tax-payers if she had got away with it. Screw that, I want my tax money to benefit decent members of society, not smoothing the way for criminals. "Unhappiness, discomfort and pain" - HELL YES. That's why they call it prison. Otherwise it is a health spa.

      timmy.ditsele - 2012-03-16 12:43

      ok this is how it's going to be from now onwards.Since i am paying tax every month i am going to tsmuggle drugs to thailand and get caught,the goverment better do something since i know my rights and pay tax on everything in this country.wish me luck people.

  • Dennis - 2012-03-16 09:36

    Miss Prissy, when you break the law please do not expect everybody to come to your assistance !! Suck it up and deal with it !!

  • Natascha - 2012-03-16 09:40

    No sympthy! Your involvement to act as a drug mule leads to the drugs you carry being sold and harming others and turning them into addicts. Why on earth we anyone feel sorry for you?

  • Quinn - 2012-03-16 09:43

    What did you expect the government to do for you????......get you out of jail scot free??? Anyway....I hope you learnt your lesson!!!

  • Maropeng - 2012-03-16 09:50

    pardon my ignorance , did the government sent you off to commit the crime, so please if you got nothing better to say just sit back and get your life back on tract instead of blaming the government.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-16 09:55

    You took the risk and were caught red handed,now you point fingrs at people for not doing enough to help? Did you wonder who would be there for your family trying to deal with this? Did you think about the welfare of the unborn child you were carrying?I wish you no harm but I have no sympathy either-its the risk you were willing to take so now you must pay the price!

  • Fran - 2012-03-16 09:56

    My love you have made bad choices, dumb once if you ask me so now you want to come and blame the government? How can you put yourself in such a position while pregnant anyway? Now you even lost the baby because of your choices? I feel sorry for you because it doesn't look like you are taking responsibility of your actions as you still find it in you to blame someone? Is like those people that go to war at other countries and they only seek government help when they get into trouble but they don't tell anybody when they decide to go there? When you left here you didn't tell anyone, I am sure you didn't tell your family never mind the government and now you blame them? You forgot that government uses our money to attend to everything they must attend to so you are actually accusing the SA Nation of not helping you. Get a life, start over and do better and try not to blame others.

  • Missyleeh - 2012-03-16 09:58

    She should not blame the government, it was her personal choice to smuggle drugs she must be grateful she didn't die in that prison and move on with her life fullstop

  • Nasiefa - 2012-03-16 09:58

    disappointed in the South African Government ???? the Government didn't tell you to take drugs to another country chikita???? my tax money must pay for your stupidity????? i don't think soooooooooooo

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-03-16 09:58

    On Thursday, she criticised the South African government, saying it did not do enough to help prisoners in foreign countries----- WHY? why Should we make her life in Jail bearable? I have buried Two friend due to Drug overdose.. Its People like her that is spreading that Filth. Its always the ones in Jail who cries 'Human rights' BOOOO HOOO. She knew what she was doing. Only cried when she was caught

  • Xzaviera - 2012-03-16 09:58

    I dont know if anybody heard this woman speak on Talk Radio 702. I would have wanted to feel sorry for her, but she is filled with regret... and arrogance, and entitlement! She should just shut up and be grateful to be back on home soil. She complains about 5 prisoners in a cell... was she expecting 5 stars in one cell? She talks about having rights. As a convicted criminal, in a foreign prison, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY THANK YOU THAT I AM ALIVE! THANK YOU FOR SENDING ME HOME! Mauritius has the right to be protected against the likes of YOU! Any compassion that I felt went out of the window yesterday when I first heard her talking. She is rude and ungrateful!

      Anastasia - 2012-03-16 10:43

      I did hear her speak. I got so angry that I was yelling at the radio. She is not remorseful at all. Her attitude was appalling.

      Gungets - 2012-03-16 12:24

      Exactly. It is not a holiday camp - it is prison - for criminals. Look in the mirror Anneline, you will see a drug smuggler and a criminal, with the rights of a .... criminal and drug smuggler. No sympathy here.

  • Moi - 2012-03-16 09:59

    "“Yes, I’ve done something wrong and I’m sorry I’ve done it. I’m paying [for it] every day of my life. I need my family,” she told Eyewitness News. She told reporters she paid for what she had done every day of her life and said she needed her family. " Classy reporting N24

  • Chez - 2012-03-16 10:04

    Agreed; you did your time and have paid for the crime. I hope your family do support you BUT, I heard you this morning going off at the government as if they are part-way responsible. You knew the risk you were taking. Why the hell should our tax money be spent saving your butt? What exactly did you want our government to do? Put you in a cushy prison over there? What for? Yes we all make mistakes, me included but you cannot expect others to rush to your rescue when you screw up.

  • Treyzo - 2012-03-16 10:09

    she should be happy that she only got seven , some of her friends who were sentenced in china are six feet under by now

      Vernon - 2012-03-16 10:36

      or in an urn on the mantle

      Xzaviera - 2012-03-16 11:07

      Or have been sold as biltong to the Chinese! Whaaaaahahahahahahahahahahaha!

  • Vernon - 2012-03-16 10:12

    hey sweety ,in china they kill you for this.so count your blessings and move on. ohhh... and YOU magazine should be contacting you soon for story so standby.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-03-16 10:21

    As far as I am concerned they shouldnt help you, You broke an international law, your the foolish idiot who got what you deserve... so boo hoo on someone elses shoulder...

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-16 10:41

      All civilised Countries give moral and basic support (toiletries, paper and pen) to suspects and convicts from their home Country via their Embassies. It is part of their duties. It seems to me our that our Diplomats are confusing their time of service with an extended holiday. Imagine if it was your sister or brother. People are also falsely convicted from time to time. One year in a Mauritian jail would scare the pants off an average crook in SA.

      Napolita - 2012-03-16 11:41

      TaniaSandraSteyn, do you think the "diplomatic services" should also be extended to drug addicts in foreign countries? Drug addicts are captives of drug peddled by "drug mules" some of whom are captured in foreign lands whom you expect to receive "diplomatic services"

      Mimi Ngqulana - 2012-03-16 12:08

      Tania U surely entitled to your own opinion but this particular opinion is rubbish.

      Moi - 2012-03-16 12:45

      @Tania - fair enough, but in this case, it wasn't a false conviction.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-16 13:54

      I said moral and basic support, not "a get out of jail free" card. Advising families of what is going on, etc - is what I am referring to. As a result of our Constitution, criminals in our Country are treated better than anywhere else in the World, except perhaps Australia. Why should her family be punished alongside her? Take note of the Vietnamese and Chinese Nationals that may go free because they lack an interpreter at Court. The one spent seven days! in hospital due to an injured ankle, and the case was postponed for a second time. You can bet your bottom dollar that wouldn't happen in China, Malaysia, Mexico or a host of other Countries. My issue is that Diplomats have certain roles to play, and they are don't seem bothered. It is time we have extradition treaties with all countries. Let their citizens be punished according to their laws - I am sure they will be far less likely to come and commit their disgusting Criminal acts in our Country.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-17 01:53

      All jumping on the Band Wagon, Huh? No regard for common sense? No regard for the real message being passed? No surprises. You get the Government you deserve. It is NOT about drug addicts - Mules are simply asses. What is your Country going to do for you when you are stuck in the back of beyond? Read and travel, don't cybershop for your thoughts and opinions on N24.

  • Terry-Lee Heuer - 2012-03-16 10:57

    I'm sure Mr Krebbs will be interviewed as well when he lands on SA soil after spending 18 years in jail will be very interesting to hear what he has to say I hope you will be listening Anneline let's see if he also blames the Govt!!!

  • Linda - 2012-03-16 11:13

    The heading of this story is ambiguous.... drug mule full of regret... seems the only thing she regrets is that she had to stay in jail instead of a 5 star holiday resort. Why should my tax money be used to provide her with creature comforts. She chose to be a drug mule - knowing that the merchandise she smuggled could potentially kill someone - so she is lucky she wasnt charged with attempted murder. I feel no sympathy for her whatsoever. She did the crime, has done some time, and should now crawl back under a rock and shut up.

  • Selebaleng - 2012-03-16 11:27

    Crime is regrettable and don't expect SA Govt to bail you out. SA Govt is responsible for law abiding citizens and criminals must face the consequences of their wrong doing. Hope you and other who are planning to get involved in criminal activities have learnt the lesson.

  • Sean - 2012-03-16 11:49

    You did the crime and then you expect the government to help???Thats ridiculous

  • Rory Neil Price - 2012-03-16 11:54

    Commit the crime do the time, had you pulled it off how much would you have made

  • William - 2012-03-16 11:55

    Why did the SA government not get involved????? Is this women serious????? Commit the crime and do the time honey!!!! No need for SA diplomats to waste valuable time with her!!!

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-17 02:09

      When last have you heard of an SA diplomat doing anything, William? They are there to protect and help ALL SA Citizens, irrespective of anything. Don't let your prejudice get in the way. They have a job to do - and someone left the book of rules in the archives. One man's terrorist is another mans' freedom fighter. Drugs kill people - people with a different religion kill people. Let's not apply double standards. It ALL stinks.

  • Richard - 2012-03-16 12:46

    I heard her on the Radio this morning saying the Government did not protect her human rights in that they did not try and bring her back. Even her tone of voice was extremely aggressive. I could only wonder what human rights she infringed when she smuggled drugs that are designed to destroy human lives at a profit. Hey SA Government why did you not arrange accommodation for her at the Hilton. She did the crime in Mauritius and I am afraid that she had to take it on the chin in Mauritius. P.S I wonder if she has ever looked at our jails before she cries about her accommodation.

  • Richard - 2012-03-16 12:52

    while she is so eager to criticize the Government for not wasting our tax money on her, had she pulled it off and made her money I wonder if she would have declared the income on her tax return.

  • Davidson - 2012-03-16 12:53

    WTF? is she saying government shud gv incentives to criminals? wish u well though.

  • Eeny Meeny Miney Mo - 2012-03-16 12:55

    Why should the government intervene in these cases? When you make a conscious decision to commit a crime, you have to deal with the consequences and not make it someone else's problem. I have no sympathy for drug mules. Drugs ruin lives.

  • Lawrence - 2012-03-16 13:03

    She has made a terrible hash of her life and paid a great price (the loss of a baby) for this life lesson. Her circumstances and (what she believed) the solution to her problems, were decisions made without the right guidance or peer support. This is the greatest shame of all, that a person chose to risk/sacrifice both theirs, and the life of an unborn child. But no, I am not a bleeding heart, and I detest the infestation of drugs and what they do to people....and yes, where the authorities can, they MUST hand down the harshest punishment possible. And here, I say she's actually lucky to have got off so lightly....only 7 Years! Too many bleeding heart organisations begging for donations to support crims in overseas jails....sod it, the reason you're tried as an adult is because you've taken the decision as an adult. Do your time and then, have the shame to not go shouting your mouth off. There are no winners.

  • Azwi - 2012-03-16 13:07

    Don't smuggle drugs and expect the government to swipe after your mess. You were supposed to pay the price and you did that great. I hope you have learnt a lot in the process. May be you consider educating other South Africans who may be thinking of being a drug mules.

  • Rene - 2012-03-16 13:11

    Critizing the SA government for not doing enough to help prisoners in foreign countries???? Did the SA government ask you to carry drugs into a foreign country?? Seriously???? You did the crime, you do the time...

      anneline.mouton.7 - 2012-10-17 15:46

      We only asked to be deported back home and do our time in our country to be close to our family May god have mercy on your cold compassionles soul the day something bad happen to u or the ones u love JUDGE not say the Lord for the way u judge others so u will be judged

  • Jackie - 2012-03-16 13:51

    This is ridiculous! She did the crime all by herself! And benefited from it probably a few times before she got caught. I certainly dont want the government wasting my tax money on trying to help these people! To be honest I dont give a hoot how sad she was or how much pain she had! Tough. Wonder if she wants the goverment to broker a deal with her family now so they forgive her? Really whining & irritating.

      anneline.mouton.7 - 2012-10-17 15:43

      May god have mercy on your cold compassionles soul the day something bad happen to u or the ones u love JUDGE not say the Lord for the way u judge others so u will be judged

  • Patricia - 2012-03-17 09:55

    SA is only one of two countries in the world who has not signed prisoner transfer agreements. If our citizens are returned to complete the remainder of their sentences in SA then all the foreigners, which numbers thousands will also return to their own country to complete their sentences! Any law abiding citizen would want their citizens returned so that the druglords and those behind this can be apprehended. Instead by our government not signing PTA it has developed into a booming business. Our citizens arrested are not the drug mule but the decoy. The drug mules are protected by some corrupt police and airport officials and they carry the drugs freely. Google Locked Up in a foreign prison and read Crimes against Humanity. I am doing something to bring about a change are you!!!!

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-18 21:57

      Too late, Patricia. The hounds have abandoned the chase. They all have an opinion, but none are prepared to do more than howl.

  • maniza.ahoua - 2012-03-20 08:56

    the government did not send you to deliver drugs, hell with you

      anneline.mouton.7 - 2012-10-17 15:27

      U sooo judgemental I feel pitty for u since u could never understand until it happens to u or to someone u love. I pray it never happens but when bad things happen AND they do I pray God have pitty on u

  • Anton - 2012-05-05 08:12

    I made mistakes, I also blamed, but humanities nonacceptance to that and their forgiveness toward me helped me not be bitter, but better. Lets just continue to forgive.

  • anneline.mouton.7 - 2012-10-17 16:08

    One I never knew I was carrying drugs I was tricked Ever hear of absence of knowledge? I never expected for financial help from the government only for my human rights to be respected and to be protected from cruel inhumane and degrading treatment. I never wanted any ones pity. I have God's grace and mercy. All I want is for prisoners abroad to be deported back home. That is all I ask of the government. No one is faultless in life u may not end up in prison but even u will be judged by God some day. The Lord say do not judge for the way u judge U will be Judged

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