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SAA crew member arrested in Brazil

2011-02-15 10:04

Johannesburg - Another South African Airways (SAA) cabin crew member has been caught with several kilograms of drugs at a foreign airport.

The air steward was apprehended at São Paolo airport in Brazil shortly before she was to return to South Africa as a member of the flight crew late last week.

The woman has been working for SAA for 12 years. She apparently had 5kg of cocaine hidden on her body when she was apprehended. It was not clear how officials knew she had the drugs on her.

SAA did not comment on the incident upon enquiry on Monday. The international relations and co-operation department did however confirm the woman's arrest.

She is currently being held in São Paolo and the department will supply the necessary consular support to her if she requests it, the department's spokesperson said.

Fourth incident


It was reliably learned that the woman is a 44-year-old Johannesburg resident, who is the single breadwinner of an unknown number of children as well as her mother.

According to her colleagues, her arrest has not been spoken about at the airline. Should she be found guilty, she will probably get several years imprisonment in a Brazilian jail, as drug smuggling is regarded as a serious crime there.

It is the fourth time that SAA cabin crew members have been involved in drug smuggling in the past two years.

In September last year, Tshidi Dlamini, 42, from Cape Town was jailed for seven years in London after she was caught with 3kg of cocaine at Heathrow airport.

The value of the drugs, which were hidden in her underwear, was R1.5m.

In 2009, the crew of two SAA flights were questioned within one month, also at Heathrow, after dugs were found in their luggage. In one incident, a cabin crew member and a security official were charged in South Africa in connection with the matter.

The woman had 50kg dagga and 4kg cocaine worth R3.5m in her suitcase.

In the other incident, 50kg dagga was found in crew members' luggage. No-one was charged in connection with this.

Comments
  • katfiro - 2011-02-15 10:14

    its so funny how we as passengers get checked and harassed at the airport with security, and its their own staff members who are carrying the illegal drugs!!!!!

      Fred - 2011-02-15 10:45

      SAA is known as a regular drug supplier, strange how they never manage to catch their staff themselves, makes one think that the problem isn't just a few individual scumbags but that management may also be involved???

      John Seloa - 2011-02-15 13:21

      It is not SAA that searches you at the airport. It is the Airports Company SA. Get your facts straight next time.

      huntress65 - 2011-02-16 10:05

      I'm hesistant to ask, but will in any case... Is this cabin crew member part and parcel of the new system of BEE compliant staff? It would be informative to compare figures of cabin crew members caught during the "old regime" VS those caught, in the 14+ years of democracy. This comment might seem racist, but it just seems that corruption, strikes, theft and the courier of drugs are now the order of the day!

  • swoan - 2011-02-15 10:16

    I would not want to cary 5kg, but up to 50kg, they would not want to loose that much! how long will it tkae our people to learn they are being used to shift focus from the real mules in the same flight!

      jay - 2011-02-15 10:32

      5kgs of coke is more valueable than 50kgs of pot ....

  • A THEIST - 2011-02-15 10:19

    That's 5 years holiday in Brazil !

      lldoidge - 2011-02-15 10:27

      And be rehired by SAA when she gets back!

      woutieboutie - 2011-02-15 11:03

      No, she will be in Parliament!!

      Kevin in Brisbane - 2011-02-16 09:30

      Don't forget the back pay !!!

      Flinger - 2011-02-16 10:41

      No, she will be president...you dont always need 27 years...but only after tony yengeni serves first

      Concerned Citizen - 2011-02-16 10:41

      @woutieboutie. Parliament, maybe. But I wager she would get a talking to as she could easily smuggle another couple kilo's. Only the most brazenly, rotten, thieving, incompetent, are chosen to ride the gravy train. Chooochooo, we come with chicken and votes for heaven. Hahahaha, truly a pathetic lot!

      Mutemi - 2011-02-16 13:33

      and open a high class night club where sushi wl be served on naked Brazilian ladies.

  • brentjh - 2011-02-15 10:21

    LMAO

  • Roger 01 - 2011-02-15 10:21

    Tip of the iceberg! I was a flight crew member and many futile attempts have been made to stop this practice. My cases still have SAA id plates to prevent anonymous baggage being carried.

      uMegaladon - 2011-02-15 11:47

      This is quite a statement Mr CM. Perhaps you would like a visit from the scorpions so you can reveal all this information you have been so naughtily hiding.

  • Rainbow - 2011-02-15 10:22

    why why why do they not learn?! why are people still doing this? the money must be amaaazing for them to risk everything the way they do.

      Logs01 - 2011-02-15 16:04

      Cos they are STUPID, no pill on the market to fix that !!

      Mundu - 2011-02-15 18:42

      She's bring in drugs for the ANC to bribe voters with.

  • ji - 2011-02-15 10:23

    find her guilty and let her die in a brazilian jail , drug dealing slut . just no honesty with SAA staff .

      Hunter - 2011-02-15 10:42

      Or maybe it's cos he's had a line for Charlie and is all aggressive! :P

      ji - 2011-02-15 11:16

      @skubbe and hunter , I dont and would never use drugs , unlike yourselves I am not a loser and dont need drugs to have a good time , so go talk crap at your merchant , not here .

      Felix - 2011-02-15 11:43

      Hope you don't get sick bud or you may have to eat those words and some antibiotics...

      Diablo7 - 2011-02-15 12:17

      Whoonga JI?

      Badger - 2011-02-15 12:42

      I Agree, let her rot in prison. Bring that stuff over here and peddle it to our kids !!!!

  • ArtGee - 2011-02-15 10:24

    Wonder if Cheryl Cwele is involved again??? After all... her lawyers must be costing her an arm and a leg!

      nick - 2011-02-15 10:45

      And now she's unarmed and legless !! :)

      Smaal - 2011-02-15 12:02

      How much for the nostrils?

  • lldoidge - 2011-02-15 10:26

    I'm not surprised. Those SAA crew are the pits. Will NEVER fly SAA ever again. Not just my word but the word of all I know. Last August was my last ever flight with them. I have never met ruder people in my life. And you have to stay awakw to watch your bags in the overhead lockers as they can't keep away from them.

      AJ - 2011-02-15 11:04

      Agreed - stopped using them a couple years ago. The cabin crew hate passengers (as you might ask them to do something). And I noticed a distinct rudeness on more than one occassion...I'd rather strap myself to a lowflying duck than watch money leave my account headed for theirs.

      Mark - 2011-02-15 12:19

      On an SAA flight from JHB International to Hong Kong I had a chat with a black flight attendant who could speak some Chinese. I was quite surprised, and asked how he had come to speak Chinese. He explained that he had grown up with a Chinese person as a close friend and had later practiced with other Chinese people on the flights between the two countries. The person sitting next to me inquired if he had ever considered having a Chinese girlfriend, considering his language skills. "No," retorted the flight attendant "those people stink." On the flight back, a Taiwanese person sitting next to me asked a stewardess which flavor the noodles on the lunch menu would be. She looked at him as if he were stupid and spat out "noodle flavor!" Needless to say I have since switched to another carrier. I was simply disgusted by the unprofessional manner in which SAA employees conducted themselves.

      inglorius b - 2011-02-15 15:32

      We returned from Indonesia on Malaysia Airlines, and headed out to catch the bus to long term parking. As the bus stopped, and the passengers started descending, one of the SAA employees walking out pushed a woman in a hurry to get out before her, an argument started on the footstep of the bus, and the SAA employee hit the other women! We couldnt believe it. I will gladly, and always have, paid more to fly with another airline!

      2c - 2011-02-15 16:07

      SAA attendants are just the rudest people I have ever met anywhere! I looked so forward to my flight to Greece and they made it miserable with their snubby attitude. Never again SAA!

  • BigMoose - 2011-02-15 10:30

    Brandy and coke, sir?

      nick - 2011-02-15 10:47

      With ICE ?

      ant177@24.com - 2011-02-15 11:07

      On the rocks thanks

      Felix - 2011-02-15 11:45

      Hold the brandy...

      Smaal - 2011-02-15 12:06

      Make it a double!

  • thehairevent - 2011-02-15 10:30

    stupid, stupid stupid...so not worth it, and they normally get caught...

      Marius - 2011-02-15 10:33

      Imagine how many don't get caught....otherwise people won't still do it.

  • spiderkzn - 2011-02-15 10:31

    sigh... how the idiot she carry drug to airport while she knew there is rule and monitor enforcment!

  • Perfume - 2011-02-15 10:36

    The love of money......

      Tonsil - 2011-02-15 11:02

      The greed of money

      Madelane - 2011-02-15 11:43

      The love of money......So like our bunch in politics.....

      Bethuel - 2011-02-15 14:32

      Dont you Love If?

  • Jrama - 2011-02-15 10:37

    News .24, give us the woman'details.They look pretty cool when you meet them. ohhoo agg shame to those who are still doing the dirty work.

  • jwill - 2011-02-15 10:38

    AGAIN???!!! There is something seriously wrong with the crew at SAA. 1. Are they hard-up for money? 2. Are they themselves addicts and succomb to pressures for trafficking? 3. Are they oblivious to the fact that a few SAA crew members have been arrested? 4. Are they just plain stupid?

      lldoidge - 2011-02-15 10:41

      Definately plain stupid! No wonder they rush off to bed an hour after the flight has taken off. Either goofed up or need the sleep to do a day's work selling their loot!

      jeremy - 2011-02-15 11:01

      I think you've answered the question yourself. This time around, the woman was a single mother also supporting her own mother - so, yes, she probably WAS hard-up and decided to take a chance on one big pay-day. You also have to ask yourself how many drug mules DON'T get caught. Sometimes info is deliberately leaked about one drug mule to deflect attention away from others.....

      Tonsil - 2011-02-15 11:08

      1.Yes 2.Yes 3.Yes 4.Yes

      phillip - 2011-02-15 11:16

      i flew under the orangetail as cabin crew,let me tell you nothing like this ever happend. we were proud of our carrier ,now a days its just heart breaking to see the overweight, stupid people flying as cabin crew , thats why i will never fly saa, can not handle the collapse of once such a wonderfull airline

      POLLENYS - 2011-02-15 11:26

      It's a real shame, but SAA went the same way as everything else under the new regime.

      sjvisagie - 2011-02-15 12:13

      All of the above?

      nasheenar - 2011-02-15 13:03

      Certain citzens in this country think that they are untouchable however in the rest of the world its a Crime and you will pay regardless of race, colour or gender.

      Paco7 - 2011-02-16 11:15

      all of the above

      Zinki - 2011-02-17 07:12

      Seems to me that they keep doing it because maybe they get away with it most of the time. Who knows how many times they smuggle drugs before they get caught. It must be a really lucrative business for them. Some probably never ever get caught or else why would they keep doing it?

  • afadameh - 2011-02-15 10:39

    And you all scream that Nigerians are the drug dealers. At least we now know who brings in the drugs for the Nigerians

      lmduplessis - 2011-02-15 11:19

      Not to mention the Nigerian wrlords in informal settlements trying to steal your half-mutated alien arm for muti..... oh, no, wait, thats something lse, isn't it?

      goodhope - 2011-02-15 11:45

      drugs dealing is not a respecter of nationality.Americans, colombian,brazilians,british......all get involved...the simple truth is you guys are only giving a dog a bad name to hang it...period

      daboss247365 - 2011-02-15 16:43

      Um, yes I still say the nigerians are the dealers.. they target the weaker & convince them to do the dirty deads. Good way to get rid of someone who stole or is annoying you.. set them up for a deal & then report as they board, but report at the destination. keeps them away for at least 5 years or in some cases they are hung :) Plus, it slowly weeds the society everytime they catch one of these dealing demons.

  • Assegaai - 2011-02-15 10:47

    It is because of shite like this that we need a visa for the UK.

      devils_advo - 2011-02-15 10:57

      Nope, its because they don't like you...

      christine - 2011-02-15 11:16

      You are so correct --I have it on good authority that ALL the visas we need are because of this and the terrible international reputation our home affairs have in the fraudulent issuing of passports,We are not trusted internationally thanks to the ANC However more to the point--can anyone please tell me why it is SAA all the time, has anyone ever seen an article in the news about BA or VIRGIN or LUFTHANZA or IBERIA etc cabin staff carrying drugs --I wonder why !!!!! 18 months ago after a shocking experience with the cabin staff on SAA I cashed all my airmiles in on a totally free ticket and now only fly BA--I am a frequent flier---you will not be surprised to hear I love BA and will never ever fly with SAA again

      MaLemmer - 2011-02-15 11:26

      @ christine. other international airlines have the same problem, you just don't get to read about it in SA, only their own country.

      uMegaladon - 2011-02-15 11:53

      Er yes Christine. There have been many crew members from other airlines caught with drugs. You need to keep with the International news as it is not reported much here. I am sure your last comment has the whole of BA HQ wailing and bashing their heads at their bad luck....

      erictheclapton - 2011-02-17 01:55

      @MaLemmer @uMegaladon: Name one other airline, and proof as well please. Especially an airline that has been caught so many time!

      RoyoF - 2011-02-17 08:10

      No not really. There are a myraid of reason for South Africans to have to obtain tourist visas for the UK.Most importantly since the UK is part and parcel of the EU its immigration laws should mirror those of the EU and due to the influx of immigrants into the UK and their subsequent illgeal tenure the the visa controls were introduced.Fake passports etc was really a sideshow from the real issue of SA imiigration and the application of laws equally as they are applied to other Dark continent countries .There are thousands of south Africans residing illegally in the UK or are there as "grey citizens "ie whose residence status is in limbo. So to blame a couple of air-crew smuggling drugs for a shift in international foreign policy affecting millions of people and diplomatic protocol is a overstating the issue drastically.Its media hype thats blinding you and your good authority.Drug smuggling by aircrew is an international problem its just they arent stupid enough to carry 50 kg of weed.Which I understand you could smell as soon as the plane flys into British airspace.

  • 206025130@24.com - 2011-02-15 11:02

    how come no one mentioned nothing about nigerians. When ever drugs are involved we are first to blame them.

      Tonsil - 2011-02-15 11:12

      If a Nigerian says good evening first check if the sun is shining. Drug dealers, pimps, 419 scammers, bogus doctors etc etc etc

      get.go.richard - 2011-02-15 12:30

      It is a racing certainty that a Nigerian is involved...if you want to test this, go into most inner city areas in South Africa and see who is selling drugs. This is not a case of the few giving the majority a bad name, but the exact opposite!!

      Logs01 - 2011-02-15 16:09

      No, First blame Apartheid, then the Nigerians

      2c - 2011-02-15 16:13

      Go to Long Str in Kempton Park, the Nigerians rule there!

  • motsokwane - 2011-02-15 11:09

    I'm itching to know if the media's practice of naming only some specific race is still continuing.For them to name Tshidi dlamini is not a big deal but naming Meisie Vantonder seems to be a very big and devaluing task. Name the criminal I say.

      jeremy - 2011-02-15 11:14

      You can name people after they've appeared in court and been charged. But not before. That's why we don't yet know the name of the latest alleged drug mule. For what it's worth, a friend of mine who's an SAA pilot, says all those SAA staff who've been caught smuggling drugs have been black. Sorry if this offends you, but it's apparently the case.

      Stinkvinger - 2011-02-15 11:21

      Are`nt you gonna look the tool when she IS named as Sara Nkosi..

      phillip - 2011-02-15 12:12

      you would not like to find out , she is 44yrs old working for 12 years , single , looking after her mother and kids, she was named early this morning but see it has been deleted, so its not the other race fault that they are not mentioned because they have done nothing

      motsokwane - 2011-02-15 12:13

      For me a criminal should be named and shamed despite their colour.My issue is, the media has the tendency of shaming only specific race,which shows some biasness.If it happens to be sara nkosi,she should have been shamed from the anset,ke skebekwa.That's my motto.

      jeremy - 2011-02-15 12:29

      Motsokwane....can't you read - or are you ignoring what I wrote earlier? The media can't name and shame before that person is charged in court. Then maybe you should look at population stats. There are something like 50 million people in SA of whom around 42 million are black. That means that probably at least four of every five people who commit crimes are black - so you're always going to see way more black names than white!

      lldoidge - 2011-02-15 12:46

      motsokwane, don't shoot the messanger. When the media report and give a name it is usually ?????????

      S.Soga - 2011-02-15 15:12

      @whitepig...she did something wrong, that's for sure....but why call her all that....there are people involved in child pornagraphy out there, why don't you hate on them?

      Just Greg - 2011-02-15 17:12

      Nonni Nyoba was arrested on Saturday at São Paulo Airport on a flight headed to Johannesburg. You wanted a name, there ya go... http://www.eyewitnessnews.co.za/articleprog.aspx?id=59463

      Stinkvinger - 2011-02-16 10:38

      LOL

  • emmamimie - 2011-02-15 11:09

    These stewardesses know wht the consequences are if they carry drugs, why?, and why is SAA not checking these ladies and gents before boarding their aircrafts, now children and granny are going to suffer because of a mothers stupidity. The SAA should be fined for not taking care of their aircraft, this is qite embarressing for South Africa.

      MaLemmer - 2011-02-15 11:30

      Why do you insist on calling them "ladies" and "gents", emmamimie? Surely we should just nationalise them, too, as they seem to be carrying some good minerals?

      freddy - 2011-02-15 12:16

      There is no obligation on the employer to search staff, neither does the law allow for such.

      lldoidge - 2011-02-15 12:47

      Becuase these "ladies" and "gentlemen" run SAA.

  • cynthia moek - 2011-02-15 11:12

    When are we going to learn people - to be arrested when you are member of the airline its even worse - are you not suppose to know better - that you will got caught

  • Makutu - 2011-02-15 11:12

    I used to think that women are angels when i was young. Now I know that they are as messed up as men are. Women have lost the respect they once had. And this is due their actions. Trusting women is becoming harder and harder by the day. Once in Joburg the police stopped a taxi I was travelling in and searched all the men and not a single woman. I wonder if they still do the same?

      pointblankza - 2011-02-15 12:00

      Male policemen are not allowed to search females... only female police are allowed to search females.

      inglorius b - 2011-02-15 15:40

      I am a woman, and deeply offended by what you say! Dont generalise where I come from, the INDIAN community, our women are well respected women in society, dont know bout yours!

      nasheenar - 2011-02-15 15:52

      Nicely said IngloriusB, however its not fair Makatu to generalise in this manner, You must remember that women face the same stress, strain and pressure as men and are also human and are also tempted to make the same mistakes.I think you are mixing some issues here "Trusting woman is becoming harder and harder by the day". Thats actually not a very intelligent thing to say and its not relative.

      Satan - 2011-02-15 19:14

      JA bro Makutu..whats happen bro have you turn the other way or what??you started to love the mud box bro..get a hold of yourself..man/IT/in between.DONT generalize mate because HELL awaits everyone who taps on its gates...but all are welcome

      Makutu - 2011-02-17 08:34

      I've met Indian sluts too...

  • Tomcat - 2011-02-15 11:13

    That's what happens when a F...-up goevernment like ours takes over the national carrier. No control. drolle

  • Walker Plumbers - 2011-02-15 11:21

    Shame I feel sorry for the kids who will be without a mother for a few years. Sad very sad at what that white powder can do.

      SiphovdMerwe - 2011-02-15 11:26

      What can the white powder do?

      reader4444@24.com - 2011-02-15 11:54

      If that SAA crew member has children, they would be better off for the rest of their lives without a parent who is a total disgrace to his/her family, the airline and the country. Parents should be an example to their children -- and should care enough about them not to put their lives in jeopardy. Why wouldn't the drug dealers want to get revenge for having lost millions? Those kids are now a target.

  • Anton - 2011-02-15 11:25

    black

      whitepig - 2011-02-15 14:20

      ???

      harry1 - 2011-02-16 09:13

      Green?

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-15 11:26

    So it seems with SAA, you really do get high....

  • christine - 2011-02-15 11:27

    Sell SAA to Richard Branson[he will run it at a profit] and use the money from the sale to build housing and create jobs ---THE ANC SHOULD NOT BE IN THE BUSINESS OF RUNNING AN AIRLINE__THEY ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF GOVERNMENT __WHICH THEY ALSO DO BADLY

  • ongoye - 2011-02-15 11:27

    SAA is again a national embarrassment, this time on an international scale - again.

      bjgayjordan - 2011-02-15 12:06

      It is always...its just dat some media dont speak about it!!! Bravo to News24...but we need more details...

  • duncan - 2011-02-15 11:33

    Not rocket science who tipped off authorities ! Big stuff was elswhere.

      2c - 2011-02-15 16:19

      Everybody knows that except the Brazilian authorities? Or did they just catch the little one so the big hauler could get away and share the loot later? Yes you guessed right.

  • Felix - 2011-02-15 11:41

    Don't they learn?

      reader4444@24.com - 2011-02-15 11:57

      Ha, ha, ha, the simple answer is NO, they never learn because there is no bounds to greed and avarice and stupidity. The Brazilians can keep that kind of trash -- SA and SAA better off without her.

  • Felix - 2011-02-15 11:52

    Julius is going to be pissed off when he can't get a hit at the next sushi party!

      Smaal - 2011-02-15 12:15

      Careful, JZ just might get on top of the serving tray.

  • kznsc - 2011-02-15 11:53

    It amazes me that people quickly generalise. Another eejit thinks she could get away and everyone at SAA is guilty.

  • pointblankza - 2011-02-15 11:56

    Again, the pressure of too many children...

      PB - 2011-02-16 14:38

      Evidently condoms are only useful if it can be used to hide drugs in your body - never to prevent all these millions of unplanned children

  • bjgayjordan - 2011-02-15 11:58

    Is she a Nigerian or what? Taught it was only foreigners in South Africa who were involved in drug “businesses” ....

      rswedlake - 2011-02-15 14:13

      What sort of name is 'bjgayjordan'??

      whitepig - 2011-02-15 14:21

      'foreigners is South Africa' what are you? dutch?

  • bill - 2011-02-15 12:00

    She has a reasonable , permanent job unlike half her country , yet she has to resort to crime and tarnish our image abroad. She deserves what she gets.

      2c - 2011-02-15 16:21

      Sandton is the party place for most airhostesses, and we all know what happens there at the Cafè.

  • Mart - 2011-02-15 12:13

    Gave in to temptation once too many. When will people get the message that there is no such thing as easy money.I have no money to speak of but will not sell my soul to make money. If you would even think of considering it....get your mind right now, before you get that chance that will eventually ruin your life and that of your family. Jail in a any country never mind a foreign one,has to be a lonely, dark, dangerous place.

  • Colin - 2011-02-15 12:17

    Will they never learn. Rather make it the death penalty for this behavior then maybe it will put an end to crew members drug smuggling.

      reader4444@24.com - 2011-02-15 13:16

      SAA should toss her out at 20 000 feet --- see how she likes that high!

  • Colin - 2011-02-15 12:30

    It boils down to absolute greed, she obviously has no thought what so ever for her mother and children. As far as SAA is concerned it should be instant dismissal. Reading between the lines she planned to bring the white stuff home or am I wrong.

  • Snotty - 2011-02-15 12:32

    hahaha at least she will watch the next world cup soccer for free!!!

  • nasheenar - 2011-02-15 12:55

    Do the SAA staff members get fired or put on paid suspension. The country has turned into a major embarrasment. How some they smuggle these drugs onto the flight in SAA. No sniffer dogs or luggage check.... strange!! Thats proof of whats gone wrong in this country.

      motsokwane - 2011-02-15 13:16

      nasheenar you have gone wrong yourself. you know why? your facebook friends have only maharaj and suluman as your own kind,the rest are afrikaaners that-is-what-gone-wrong,not the country.

      Duke - 2011-02-15 13:30

      @motsokwane - You turning this racist - you lost the plot! Don't blame nasheenar, she keeps away from kurrupt and rogue people. Good upbringing!

      nasheenar - 2011-02-15 16:12

      Motsokwane taking a racist dig at me changes nothing, we suffer embarrasment in this country everyday.Have you ever travelled out of the country? Have you ever travelled into africa? when you have you will know where we are going and you can't blame me or the afrikaaner for that but our leaders.Im just an innocent tax payer thats helps support the 95% of unemployed people draining the country and not contributing to the services.Do you know why Indians came to this country????? Go find out, it might be an interesting history lesson to you.

      motsokwane - 2011-02-15 16:57

      @ inglonorent,Our traditional healers buy their muthi "KWA GA MOKULANYANA".What do you think the essence you smell in the Indian shops are for? to chase away their competitors evil spirit if you didn't know.

      inglorius b - 2011-02-15 18:28

      You suppose the Indians came here to market their atchar. Best you go back to school, because they were brought here to do work that the local labourers refused to do!Whats your point again, you are a frequesnt traveller, well, you certainely dont seem to have a grasp on what is being said here, except to insult others! Knock that chip off your shoulders hey, and that incense that you smell in a lot of shops is most probably sandalwood, imported from India, one of the biggest emerging economies at the moment, As for Africa rapidly growing, its nothing compared to the East! Africa couldnt even compete, its a mentality thing!

      inglorius b - 2011-02-15 18:32

      motsokokwahteva, We did not come here to learn a bit of civilization, our culture is one of the cornerstones of civilization. Best you go learn some history, maybe even research the list of contribution made by the Indians to humanity (maths, engineering, science), as well as politics in this country. You are what is wrong with this country, your chip on the shoulder wont let you get over your hatred for anyone else that has succeeded!!

      Tax_payer - 2011-02-15 21:13

      @BlackRock typical, first instinct resort to violence.Look how that worked out for Zimbabwe and look how well its worked out in this country thus far.@motsokwane I take it you have never travelled...shame! You not worth the trouble, your mentality is just not intelligent enough.All you can respond to is a person culture. Really is that all you have. Try reading its a good source of building ones general knowlegde. Your resposnes say alot about your culture and character. Some facts for you.Stone Age rock shelters with paintings at the Bhimbetka rock shelters in Madhya Pradesh are the earliest known traces of human life in India. The first known permanent settlements appeared about 8,500 years ago and gradually developed into the Indus Valley Civilisation,[30] dating back to 3400 BCE in western India. It was followed by the Vedic period, which laid the foundations of Hinduism and other cultural aspects of early Indian society, and ended in the 500s BCE. From around 550 BCE, many independent kingdoms and republics known as the Mahajanapadas were established across the country.[31] Also known to for 400 different languages. Put that in your empty head I know theres room.

      AJ - 2011-02-16 07:38

      @motsokwane Angola and Nigeria? DO you have any examples of progress where the political elite dont have billions of dollars stashed away and the masses live on a dollar a day if they lucky? Or is that how you classify African progress?

      Worldwise - 2011-02-16 09:00

      @Motsokwane. I work in Angola and it is a hell hole. The most expensive city in the world is Luanda, with frequent power failures, water that has to be bought from tankers and raw sewage in the streets. A pizza will cost you about R300. Just before the concup last year traffic lights were installed all over Luanda. They worked for the duration of the soccer. None are working now and its back to chaos. Please travel and you will see that the African Paradise is a long way away.

      NicolaG - 2011-02-16 19:13

      @motsokwane - how many Indian and white friends do you have on facebook (or in real life)? I hope it's lots, because otherwise you have no leg to stand on with your ridiculous argument.

      pesila - 2011-03-28 15:40

      u sound like a proud indian woman,which i appreciate since i'm also proud woman of colour who is also a tax payer.let me remind u that ur people hav also benefited from the socalled "affirmativ".so the next time u make statements with negativ racial connotations aimed at a certain race,just remember that ur people are part of that group.there's also a lot of indian people who come to this country n acqure their citizenship through corrupt means n are fueling this corruption that u so prouldly blame on certain groups.indians are not immune from corruption,infact i personally wound never do any form of business with indians and i know a lot of black people who wouldn't(4 obvious reosons)so if u want 2 b racial about crime,please take a trip to india n find out what it's like 2 b truelly indian n living an indian continent.believ u me u would b appreciativ of the fact that u are an indian living in africa.with all due respet dear sister of colour.

      pesila - 2011-03-28 15:45

      nbnbnbggg

  • pointblankza - 2011-02-15 13:06

    Well done, now your unknown amount of children and your mother are screwed.

      AJ - 2011-02-16 11:49

      She might as well have travelled with her kids and strapped some drugs to them too, what hope for them now?

  • Rajty - 2011-02-15 13:11

    Can you imagine how much of it is getting through...these mules have been doing it for a while- so they relax and then get nabbed. I have no sympathy for them.

  • huntress65 - 2011-02-15 13:56

    I'm hesistant to ask, but will in any case... Is this cabin crew member part and parcel of the new system of BEE compliant staff? It would be informative to compare figures of cabin crew members caught during the "old regime" VS those caught, in the 14+ years of democracy. This comment might seem racist, but it just seems that corruption, strikes, theft and the courier of drugs are now the order of the day!

  • Jim - 2011-02-15 14:00

    Never ending,a nation of drug peddlers and pill poppers.

  • Joy - 2011-02-15 14:18

    ooooops - hehehehe

  • GrantL - 2011-02-15 14:55

    Where is 'themantsepo'?????? Come on big boy!! Did you not state last week that a "black woman woman would never get caught doing this, only white trash"???? Tshidi Dlamini - waahahahahahaha yes yes that must be a white Irish girl!!

  • S.Soga - 2011-02-15 15:22

    everyone hustles, whether you in the office or "out there", whether you in government or private sector...if it's illegal, you defn know what to expect, so really...this is just a case of luck running out for her. Imagine those who've never been caught, in government or private sector.

  • 24newsreader - 2011-02-15 15:42

    maybe it was for the passengers?

  • epherb - 2011-02-15 15:55

    Fly SAA and enjoy the trip!

      2c - 2011-02-15 16:23

      lol

  • JackMeoff - 2011-02-15 15:57

    I don't ever recall this happening until the ANC took over !

      makhosi mase - 2011-02-15 16:40

      yes because then everyone was living in a happy country that was catering for everyone and the government was taking care of all the people in south africa and we all had picket fences and all sang God bless the queen till dawn. How i miss those day when blacks looked up to whites who were so pure and innocent and had no drop of evil blood in them. When no one was diying and no one was hungry better all no one commit crime. Oh Viva National Party

      Blackrock - 2011-02-15 16:41

      Beeld never reported white crime and still doesn't

      Joy - 2011-02-16 07:57

      This kind of thing has been going on for decades... and it is highly unlikely that it will stop .... money money money