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SA drug mule gets 15 years in Thai jail

2012-06-18 11:46

Cape Town - South African drug mule Nolubabalo Nobanda was on Monday sentenced to 15 years in a Thailand prison and fined R250 000.

The sentencing was confirmed by the office of the South African ambassador in Thailand, EWN.
 
Nobanda’s sentence was actually 30 years but reduced to 15 because she co-operated and pleaded guilty, according to international relations and co-operations spokesperson Clayson Monyela.

The Eastern Cape woman was arrested at Bangkok International Airport in December for smuggling cocaine, worth R1.2m, which was hidden in her dreadlocks.

The former Wits University student said she was meant to hand it over to a contact at a hotel in Bangkok.

Nobanda will begin her prison sentence immediately.

A year or two may be added to her 15-year jail term if she does not pay the R250 000 fine, the ambassador’s office said.

Comments
  • jruppersberg - 2012-06-18 11:52

    Good! She should of sat for 30 years. Drugs destroy lives and if you are a mule you are as bad as a dealer.

      ndzululeka - 2012-06-18 14:46

      Oh poor woman. At least she will be studying while serving her time without any drug Lords disturbing her and gona come back 38 and ready for life.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-18 20:08

      Note to young people: You are not the exception. It is not OK to be a mule in your case. You will probably get caught. SA will not feel sorry for you. If you are successful, other people will suffer and some may die. If you are considering being a mule, start running very fast, aim for a wall and run into it full speed - better than doing time in a Thai jail.

      nolitha.mabatha - 2012-06-18 22:48

      I wana know if she pays this R250 000,is she coming out after or is she still gona serve her 15 yrs in jail?

      John - 2012-06-19 03:05

      @ndzululeka. The only studying she'll be doing is how to dodge drugs in the biggest drug network in Thai Prisons. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/crimes/290120/inmates-create-biggest-drug-network

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-06-18 11:53

    Shaggy; “wasn’t me” seems rather apt with the reggae wannabe

  • Aziza - 2012-06-18 11:54

    lucky Rastafaraid...

  • dave.ducker.3 - 2012-06-18 11:56

    Now she can sit there and figure out if that was worth it !!!! she is very lucky indeed to get that sentence, hope she likes rice !!!

      koos.vandermerwe.338 - 2012-06-18 12:11

      She will have enough time to learn to love it.

  • jo.vankatwijk - 2012-06-18 11:58

    She should have known better! Now I hope that this will deter any potential mules.

      koos.vandermerwe.338 - 2012-06-18 12:12

      Don't bet your house on it. There are a lot of suckers out there.

      Raymond - 2012-06-18 12:57

      She made an ass of herself.

  • thebe.tau - 2012-06-18 11:59

    She deserves to be in jail, because she knew it was illegal to do what she did, but we live in a crazy world where alcohol kills people everyday directly on inderectly and you will never have SAB sued or somebody arrested and also guns kill people everyday but the gun shop owner will never be held responsible, so clearly if you take drugs it can only be your fault and nobody else.

  • michael.ferraris - 2012-06-18 12:00

    I hope she likes soggy rice

      misswoodcutter - 2012-06-18 12:09

      EVERYDAY!!!! For Breakfast, lunch and dinner!!!

  • candice.scear - 2012-06-18 12:03

    Who ever smuggles drugs next just needs to confess to reduce their sentence....nice going! At least 15 years is enough time to reminisce on how stupid you were!

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-06-18 12:09

    Did she finger as many as she possibly could...I really hope so.

  • musamuskid - 2012-06-18 12:15

    A year or two will be added if she doesnt pay 250k.... wtf

  • Johan - 2012-06-18 12:17

    She could have gotten the death penalty, so I think she got off lightly. They just don't want foreigners bringing in drugs. Do you know how big their drug problems is??

      patricia.gerber.908 - 2012-06-18 21:46

      They just don't want the foreigners bringing in drugs...because they have more than enough of their own. The Thai king is the RICHEST KING IN THE WORLD!!

      John - 2012-06-19 03:17

      Johan, it's huge, like our prisons there's more inside than out. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/crimes/290120/inmates-create-biggest-drug-network @patricia, what the f%^&ck has the Thai King got to do with it? Have you any idea how much the royalty has done towards drug rehabilitation here. Think before you post shYte.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-06-18 12:20

    At least she will be fluent in Thai by the time she comes out.

      Philimsomi - 2012-06-18 13:33

      lol,looking at the bright side,nhe!

  • mfundoj1 - 2012-06-18 12:22

    Thank God they did not give her a death sentence. Gud luck nontombi apho

  • phila.nombembe - 2012-06-18 12:26

    2yrz wil b added if sh daznt pay R250 000, iyhoo.. sham..

  • hrh.majiuana - 2012-06-18 12:31

    "mama wag vir jou"

  • Rene - 2012-06-18 12:33

    So tell me, she's to serve 15 years in a Bangkok jail. How is she supposed to pay the R250 000 fine, if she's in jail??

      Philimsomi - 2012-06-18 13:31

      and she was a student

  • msibi.zenzele - 2012-06-18 12:39

    She's very lucky indeed. This is a lesson to others but I know sooner will hear the samething again. This drugs are problem pity because Kingpins are out there and enjoying life as normal. Its very stupidity to take a risk and carry drugs for less amount while the person who sent you he/she making millions.

  • pmalungana - 2012-06-18 12:41

    At least she still young and can do time instead of the death penality.

      Musa.mandl.ntuli - 2012-06-18 13:24

      Atleast it for the best than to get death penalty i am bleeding but the girl is still young hope in coming time she will behave and get parol hopeful every1 will learn from this the thing i am crying for now the way she will be treated as a foreign if will be good or bad wish i can give her a big fat hug and tell her everything will be alright

  • rikhoula.joy - 2012-06-18 12:42

    Jah neh, everything has its own consequences, i hope ull cum out changed, God will revive u, be strong and pray for fogiveness xem

  • chuma.mhlebil - 2012-06-18 12:44

    My heart bleeds for her, shame!

      dracolusus - 2012-06-18 13:18

      Why? As an ex-drug addict, i can honestly say she should have got life in prison.

      Philimsomi - 2012-06-18 13:28

      i feel the same way,but we actualy shouldn't.

      khanyisa.sulo - 2012-06-18 13:31

      My heart bleeds for her too, we all make mistakes but I guess some are bigger than others...

      belinda.west.543 - 2012-06-18 14:15

      @dracolusus; as an ex drug addict did someone pin you down and force you to take drugs regularly enough to become an addict?? Or did you make the choice to use drugs and create a demand the demand? If there was no demand there'd be no supply so be careful what you say before condemning a person like this! You, the drug user, past or present, is actually the problem.

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-06-18 21:48

      @Chuma,please don't be a judge.You are too emotional.

  • Denzil - 2012-06-18 12:51

    In South Africa - you would have been given a R1000 fine or 6 months for that quantity of drugs.

      shona.pedlar.1 - 2012-06-18 13:46

      Not likely - thats for murder and rape. Drugs they tend to be far more lenient. She would have ended up with 15 here as well.

      petr.valcik1 - 2012-06-18 14:35

      Well even if she got 15 years here - she would have been out in 6 for good behaviour or even earlier with a presidential pardon.

  • wernersp45 - 2012-06-18 12:51

    This is not just her fault, we as a social people are too. We breed this kind of behavior through our sick love affair with money. The monetary system that is dominant in our lives are at the route cause of the behavior we see around us. Stealing and drug mewling are simply symptoms of the problem and will never be stopped, until we get rid of this monetary system and replace it with a resource based economy. South Africa has the unique potential to be a role-model in the fight for true freedom, freedom from money and social "traditions", cause they are a huge influence to the sick world that we have. Wake up, see beyond your walls, traditions and beliefs and become a productive member to our world. As long as money exists in the world, we will never be truly free.

  • zaakiro - 2012-06-18 12:57

    Ouch....an that's not for the sentence

  • ntomboxolo.klaas - 2012-06-18 12:58

    Shame liitle poor girl, as long she's alive.

  • shengeboy - 2012-06-18 13:23

    nolubabalo my darling, you risked all that for 16 thousand?who said crime doesnt pay,because you just recieved 15 years. thank god you were not killed.

  • Ditantane - 2012-06-18 13:28

    Very lucky, and who will pay the fine?

  • tshepo.batista - 2012-06-18 13:30

    Setuation nd de backround of de gal i think dats wat mkes her did wat she did,who are we 2 judge only his God nd Ancestors wil do,sory sister sum wil learn 4rm ur mistake.

  • tshepo.batista - 2012-06-18 13:30

    Setuation nd de backround of de gal i think dats wat mkes her did wat she did,who are we 2 judge only his God nd Ancestors wil do,sory sister sum wil learn 4rm ur mistake.

  • wallace.outkast - 2012-06-18 13:35

    thank god she's alive, now she must think of an other business,,,being some thai women's wife!

  • oceanmaosh.mphahlele - 2012-06-18 13:51

    250 000 wil b a waste 2pay bettr get more 2 year on that,but srry ma darlin money isn't evrythng lucky u wil learn

  • belinda.west.543 - 2012-06-18 13:53

    For those who are continually bleeting about drugs 'killing children' perhaps you'd like to consider the following facts while you puff away on your cigarettes and drink your beer: In 2003 the Australian National Drug Research Institute estimated that about 7 million people die annually due to drugs, the breakdown being 5 million (tobacco), 1.8 million (alcohol) and 0.2 million due to illicit drugs (with opiates (heroin) being involved in about 60% of such illicit drug deaths) (see National Drug Research Institute, "Tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs responsible for seven million preventable deaths world-wide"). Interesting numbers. The mistake this woman made was to believe her long-time {trusted} friend to go to Brazil to discuss importing hair products into SA as a new business. Once in Brazil she found herself in the middle of a drug trafficking ring, passport taken away and many unsavoury eyes watching her. Unable to swallow the pellets and with her life under threat she was re-routed to Thailand and 'disposed of' by the syndicate. Thai police & media have admitted to being tipped off before her arrival! Arrests of SA citizens in foreign countries is happening almost daily. Be aware of job offers. Trust no one. BTW, final weight of actual cocaine that came from her dreads was approx 600grams. An amount a syndicate will happily sacrifice so the real mule can get through. The trusted friend successfully delivered 15kg cocaine in Thailand and returned safely to SA.

  • palesamokoka - 2012-06-18 13:54

    where is she gona get that kind of money?

  • Mpotsiseng - 2012-06-18 13:57

    Life is full of choices, and each choice comes with a consequence. Now her life stops for 15 to 17 years. She must just be strong... ooooh 15 years oh Lord!! that's a while. if she was in SA she would've got half that plus parole.

  • thabojames.mohanoe - 2012-06-18 13:57

    now our ideots cnt trace the people who recruited her.

  • lebo.tshehla - 2012-06-18 14:16

    Is a lesson learnt...We all learn from our mistakes and other's mistakes. She'll be a better person when she comes back. She's lucky that she didn't get a death sentence, count that as a blessing and start repenting!!! She could be even luckier, as its safer in prisonment than on Mzansi streets.

  • ditshegobt - 2012-06-18 14:40

    These is a lesson.She must just get extra 2years,she can save 250 000.

  • Julia - 2012-06-18 16:04

    It is so sad hpe we r learning 4rm her n She's lucky 2 b alive shame

  • Oblivious1 - 2012-06-18 16:15

    15yrs in jail, i think i would rather die

  • mona.jafthas - 2012-06-18 17:00

    Shame man!

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