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South African held in Moz for drug trafficking

2011-12-28 07:48

Johannesburg - Mozambican police arrested a South African woman for carrying drugs when she entered the country at Maputo International Airport on Christmas Eve, the news agency AIM reported on Tuesday.

Promise Mpala, 26, had travelled from Addis Ababa on an Ethiopian Airways flight. She was carrying an unspecified amount of drugs in one of her bags, according to the report.

The drug was detected by the scanner through which all items of luggage of arriving passengers must pass. It had not yet been established exactly what type of drug Mpala was carrying.

Meanwhile, Agence France-Presse reported that a 38-year-old South African woman was arrested for drug trafficking in Nigeria last week.

Nene Fikile Happy-girl, and a Nigerian, Onyemaechi Remigus Chibuzor, 29, were arrested last week at the Lagos international airport as they tried to board an Emirates flight to Malaysia.

They were found in possession of methamphetamine, Nigeria's anti-drug agency said.

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2011-12-28 08:00

    And so it goes on. We are becoming a nation of mules. Perhaps because we are governed by asses?

      Ian - 2011-12-28 08:08

      brilliant, good one, too bad its not a joke, its the truth

      Squeegee - 2011-12-28 08:08

      Soon the Mule will become our new national symbol...

      Kate - 2011-12-28 08:09

      Excellent comment. Good laugh and so damn true!!

      Wendy - 2011-12-28 08:36

      ha ha ..

      RE - 2011-12-28 08:43

      lol,dont do drugs kids! ps. marijuana isa herb,not adrug

      George - 2011-12-28 08:54

      Quite correct, a nation of mules run by ASSES

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-28 09:04

      .....and ANOTHER proudly South African moment. I'm now waiting for the day that we're told South Africa has become a gateway for internatonal terrorism.

      RemoteMedic - 2011-12-28 09:49

      Sharp very Sharp, even for an Ass. But truth in the statement yes.

      Janice - 2011-12-28 10:09

      Absolutely 100%!!!!! Well commented!

      Alex - 2011-12-28 11:12

      If she had paid the necessary 'Coca-Cola' (bribe) she would have probably got through

      phorane.thokoane - 2011-12-28 11:21

      Hehehe!!!!!........ It would have been funnier if it wasn't so sad..... We are loosing respect from the rest of the world and once the world starts with profiling, all fellow South Africans are going to suffer.... Who knows, we are probably profiled already, black or white.........

      James - 2011-12-28 17:31

      LMAO. Hey RE you are only deluding yourself and a few other dopeheads. In EU "Weed" is being reclassified as a hard drug due to its potency.And it perforates your lungs that don't heal and it screws up Neuro receptors in your brain and it makes you paranoid etc etc.

      Joseph - 2011-12-28 18:35

      When are we going to learn that crime does not pay.

      RE - 2011-12-29 07:11

      yes james, go read more what other fools like u post on the web about marijuana, even tho u never used it b4.. and only paranoid androids like urself fall 2 paranoia, its only a fear 2 overcum. loser, stfu n go comment on a christian article, maybe u can convince gullible fools (like urself) that jesus loves n died for your sins.. baaah baaah....

      John - 2011-12-29 23:33

      A South African tv program - have it on tape somewhere - did an exposure of the drug traffic through Maputo, with the involvement of the bog wigs of Frelimo, like Guebuza. Also there were revelations about the same in Wikileaks, implicating Pres or Prime M Guebuza and the other comrade tsotsis. You really should use them as your defence, if they can get away with it, so can you! Okupela, Moz is not a country of laws, that is why the machine gun is in the flag!

      Brent - 2012-05-31 11:31

      Perfect boet said like a true champion.. Brent.

  • Markrschulz - 2011-12-28 08:07

    Not true, there have probably been around the same number of cases over recent years, but the world in only just now becoming aware of the prevalence of South African mules. Profiling will change as the stereotype sets in and soon your SA passport will function as a one way ticket to a full cavity search. Thanks, you dumb, selfish mules. May you be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the countries' laws you violate.

      John - 2011-12-28 08:51

      Just spent a long weekend in Singapore from Thailand, when I went through the customs hall at Changri Airport Singapore(one of the largest in South East Asia) I noticed about 50 people having their baggage opened, guess what more than 75% of them were black(not necessarily SA's) and when I arrived back in Thailand this morning everyone being searched was black. I travel this route regularly and it has never been this bad. Tells me that the recent mule captures has a large part to do with it.

      Markrschulz - 2011-12-28 09:09

      Yeah, what makes these people really pitiful is the fact that they are ignorant of the way travel works. People travel mostly to see family, go on vacation or work. I'll bet they arrive at customs and can't show any reason for being there. They have no hotel bookings, business visas or family invitations. Proceed to the X-ray machine, do not pass go, do not collect $4000. Meanwhile the real mule is slipping by while the customs officials are occupied with the wretched African decoy.

      John - 2011-12-28 09:44

      @Mark, when you first arrive at a foreign airport the first person you see is an Immigration Officer. Now these people are not hooked off the street to sit there and just put an arrival stamp in your passport they are highly trained personnel in "body language" apart from immigration formalities. While you are standing there a picture of you is taken and is immediately scanned in face recognition software database. If the Immigration Officer has any misgivings about you, the Customs officers are immediately flagged. Since the recent events at Savurnabhumi BKK airport they have tightened up dramatically. Unfortunately 75% of all the drug related detainees in Thailand just happen to be SA. Bloody fools!

      Mark - 2011-12-28 10:01

      Doh.. I meant to write immigration not customs.

  • nonceba.motsisi - 2011-12-28 08:08

    Why can't these people learn mara, haaiii man this is getting out of hand now and the DA will expect the government to intervene again.Let her rot in jail man, NXA

      Silver - 2011-12-28 09:11

      Well first off cocaine dreadlock are so “yesterday” and secondly the drug mule could possibly be connected to some ANC “ass”-piring drug lord. The government should intervene.

  • Herbert - 2011-12-28 08:09

    What's with people like Promise and Happy-girl; how stupid can you get?

      Markrschulz - 2011-12-28 08:24

      Judging by the names that their parents chose for them, I am lead to suspect that they did not get a very good start in life.

      George - 2011-12-28 08:27

      I promise you, you will be a happy girl if you get these drugs through customs....eish, espukupuku

      Silver - 2011-12-28 09:00

      Now they just need to arrest “Innocent” then it will be a package deal.

      Janice - 2011-12-28 10:12

      She aint so "happy" anymore!!!And a "Promise" has been broken! Haha

  • Fernando - 2011-12-28 08:12

    The Afrikaans saying "die donkie stamp nie sy kop 2 keer nie" ...someone said something about mules???

  • rashaad0hendricks01 - 2011-12-28 08:12

    More ladies throwing there lives away..... sadness. Whats even more sad is that our goverment will not leave them to there fates(nigeria has the death penalty) but will interfere as much as they can. We should totally forget about them offer no assistance as a warning to all would be traffickers to what awaits them

  • rbczovczov - 2011-12-28 08:13

    It just shows how some of us hate working for an honest living. Just out of curiosity, how come all the mules are females? Are there no male mules or they are just that clever not to get caught? Just wondering.

      Wendy - 2011-12-28 08:39

      Maybe it is the hope that pretty ladies get away with more! fatal attraction and all that!

      Silver - 2011-12-28 09:03

      Actually if you really take a look this “trend” is exactly what the drug lords want. Some drug lords will give a “normal” mule a small amount of drugs and then actually report them to the authorities and while the authorities are looking for this reported drug mule the "drug buss" passes by unnoticed.

  • Barefoot - 2011-12-28 08:18

    Before a compulsive person starts blaming S.A airports yet again "Promise Mpala (26) had travelled from Addis Ababa on an Ethiopian Airways flight." "Nene Fikile Happy-girl, and a Nigerian, Onyemaechi Remigus Chibuzor, 29, were arrested last week at the Lagos international airport as they tried to board an Emirate flight to Malaysia." i know it doesn't matter where they were from stupidity knows no borders

  • Comrade - 2011-12-28 08:23

    WE BUILT A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY WITH A REPUTATION OF VALUE ..... NOW THESE TWATS ARE TURNING IT INTO REPUTATION OF MURDERING THIEVES, DRUGS and CORRUPTION .... *SMH*

  • Trevor - 2011-12-28 08:32

    VIVA ANC VIVA...and if one tosser asks how could it be the ANC's fault...then you an idiot....ANC Department of Home...sorry Employment affairs and its wonders of AA in South Africa...get rid of the skilled/educated and replace with corrupt unqualified uneducated comrades who dish out passports and ID's as if they were pap n wors...

      Vegi - 2011-12-28 09:04

      If you are not trolling then you are very dumb.

      Azande - 2011-12-28 13:18

      Trevor, u cant hold back yo idiocy, can you? Perhaps it uncontrollably walks before you. Talk and think about it kinda thing hee? Your clown still amuses most of us Mr Noah. Keep pouring them...hahahahah

  • Wendy - 2011-12-28 08:36

    Oh my gosh, soon these people, due to their greed of money will soon make it impossible for South Africans to travel anywhere.

      Vegi - 2011-12-28 09:01

      We will travel without impediment. All countries are entitled to impose entry conditions to whoever enters their country. If you do not like the conditions, then don't travel. No sane country will change their entry conditions on account of the stupid mules.

      John - 2011-12-28 10:44

      @ Vegi Yeah... We want to travel and not searched just becouse we are South Africans...you got it now? How do you picture a sign in theairport "No Dreadlocks Hair style"...? Eishhhh....

      Gavin - 2011-12-28 12:49

      @ Vegi - "We will travel without impediment" ? While you might live in a one party state where the government "rules" rather than "serves", I think you will find that the ANC can not dictate immigration policies to other countries. The UK has tightened up immigration for SA visitors because of all the overstaying of visas, working without permission, false passports, their involvement in criminal activities inside the UK etc etc. You cannot behave in somebody else's backyard the way you behave in your own.

  • Chris - 2011-12-28 08:42

    The South African passport is, again, steadily becoming the piece of crap it used to be during the apartheid years. These drug monsters are destroying our reputation internationally ..... It's a really big deal, people.

      John - 2011-12-28 09:14

      I traveled far and wide (52 countries) on the old passport with no major hassle in three years of backpacking. With the new one I've been stopped and searched several times in the most unlikely places like Malawi, Uganda and Greece. Seems the old one was much better than the new one!

      John - 2011-12-28 09:17

      @Chris, you are so right, I arrived back here this morning, and never before has the Thai Immigration scrutinized my residence permit so closely before. The lady even called her senior to inspect my visa to make sure it was valid and up to date.

  • Daft - 2011-12-28 08:44

    Damit !!! now I must recruit another mule.....

  • Karin - 2011-12-28 08:49

    the names says it all

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-28 08:51

    @ Squeegee, the apartheid government leaders were asses to some so it's democratically elected government is still led by asses to others. Mud slinging as usual. If apartheid was not adopted as a system in the mid 20th century, many people wouldn't ve realised the need for change for the sake of change and now is change for worse. We can still carry on and make a better SA if we all get up as arm chair critics and be activists. Emotional response won't help us. Coming to the article, one thing the preceding regime did with distinction was to protect our borders and now the flood gates are open for foreigners catergorised according to their expertise: Nigerians= Drug dealers, Asians= tusk/rhino dealings, couterfeit goods, human trafficking, etc, Mozambicans=hijacking, car theft, bank roberries, AK 47 sellers, poachers hit squads} desperadoes, Zimbabweans= tobacco smugglers, crime on farmers, rhino poachers, diamond dealers (cheap), petty crimes etc, DRC= diamond dealers, entertainment piracy etc. Eastern Europeans= high profile mafia known to authorities. The list is endless.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-28 08:52

    @ Squeegee, the apartheid government leaders were asses to some so it's democratically elected government is still led by asses to others. Mud slinging as usual. If apartheid was not adopted as a system in the mid 20th century, many people wouldn't ve realised the need for change for the sake of change and now is change for worse. We can still carry on and make a better SA if we all get up as arm chair critics and be activists. Emotional response won't help us. Coming to the article, one thing the preceding regime did with distinction was to protect our borders and now the flood gates are open for foreigners catergorised according to their expertise: Nigerians= Drug dealers, Asians= tusk/rhino dealings, couterfeit goods, human trafficking, etc, Mozambicans=hijacking, car theft, bank roberries, AK 47 sellers, poachers hit squads} desperadoes, Zimbabweans= tobacco smugglers, crime on farmers, rhino poachers, diamond dealers (cheap), petty crimes etc, DRC= diamond dealers, entertainment piracy etc. Eastern Europeans= high profile mafia known to authorities. The list is endless.

      Jack - 2011-12-28 09:14

      And I See there that you still don't account for the majority of the prisoners in South African prisons... South Africans.. --->in as much as we are a young democracy, one fundamental thing is to learn to accept and take responsibility.. The bulk of prisoners in the prisons are SOuth Africans.. Dont blame the foreigners...

      Charmaine - 2011-12-28 09:21

      this is correct, but where do we find the people to join us in our struggle, people are dis united Let us pray then and ask God to send His People from around the world and Yeah, we must stand together in unity for fight this, not just for us but to pave the way for our grandchildren and their generations to come in later days

  • Afrikopite - 2011-12-28 08:53

    Spot on Squeegee

  • Vegi - 2011-12-28 08:57

    @Comrade South Africa is highly regarded abroad and the shenanigans of the mules are not going to change that. The mules are mere lazy idiots who are no longer satisfied with what they get from sugar daddies. They move from one evil to another. In the end they will kill for money instead of working for a living.

      Charmaine - 2011-12-28 09:17

      They are already killing human beings for money for drugs to support their habits etc. But the governments of this world must sort this out, we the people on the streets can only voice our opinions and concerns. But God will aid those who aid His cause. So, let us all Pray in unity to God and He will take care of these criminals for us.

      John - 2011-12-28 09:21

      Highly regarded abroad? On which planet are you residing? Ur-anus??

  • Nelson - 2011-12-28 09:11

    is there a reason why they are only using women as drug mules?or is it just women that get caught...

  • Charmaine - 2011-12-28 09:15

    South Africans again in the spot light, this drug mules must pay the price for the actions. They are destroying many lives. And what about the Main Drug Lords? When are they going to be brought to justice?

      John - 2011-12-28 09:59

      @Charmaine, they will never get their hands dirty, they have ignorant f$ckers to do that for them.

      John - 2011-12-28 10:14

      Charmaine, it has also been proven that most mules are sacrificed for the heavy load and what's more sickening they don't even know that is someone on their same flight! Like lambs to the slaughter. When will these fools learn?

  • Herbert - 2011-12-28 09:25

    Can someone please help me to get a Republic of Houtbay Passport?

      John - 2011-12-28 10:18

      @Herbert, thanks for the giggle, do you remember that incident in Hout Bay quite a while ago when a resident of HB used his HB passport in Egypt and they accepted it!

  • Herbert - 2011-12-28 09:31

    Jokes aside, please do not extradite Promise should she be found guilty, our jails are too full already and she might just get terminally ill as our jails are notorious to infect the "innocent"!!!!!

  • Zanele - 2011-12-28 10:10

    IMBECIL, IDIOTA. CUANDO VAN A APRENDER?

  • thabo.letsoalo - 2011-12-28 10:11

    it's exactly this kind of comments by Squeegee that take our country down. when are we going to learn to stand together as a nation and be positive and supportive of our government even though we may not like them. It's like everybody commenting on news24 is negative about their OWN country, i wish we can have comments from people who actually interesed in finding solutions, who actually care about the ills that we find in our society today, such as an increasing number of Drug abuse, drug trafficking, human trafficking, increasing number of street kids and adult hobbos etc. by the way Squeegee, the US and other countries such as Columbia and Mexico has more citizens smuggling drugs than SA, but that does not make them a nation of assess and mules. you dont see this kind of comments on CCN or even Fox News. by being that negative you are just revealing your true Identity to some of us. Perhaps your new year resolution should be to stop be negative and to "love your neighbor" meaning love your countrymen, love your country, love love love and bring positive contributions to this country.

      rashaad0hendricks01 - 2011-12-28 10:22

      The fact we are even commenting here should tell you that we do love our country enough to speak out against the evil in. The alternative is to remain quite an pretend everything is hunk dory. I can not be supportive of a goverment whose main purpose seems to be not running the country but enriching themselves while only giving the appearance of running a country. By saying nothing we might as well vote for them which i will never do

      John - 2011-12-28 10:26

      Because my friend the cANCer government is tuned into another frequency, THERE'S NOBODY HOME. That's why everyone is getting frustrated, $hit you don't have to be a rocket scientist to work that one out! Think man! But my warning to them is this...sooner or later the uneducated sheep are going to become enlightened to the never ending worthless promises and there might just be an RSA spring!

      thabo.letsoalo - 2011-12-28 11:26

      goodness me, you are missing the point, Rashaad make a posetive contribution, I didnt vote for this government myself.

  • NtombiMasbeu - 2011-12-28 10:22

    hw am i not surprised the drug lords are friends with top official and in every country. just look at Agliotti's case. SA is ruled by corrupt and ruthless people.

      Kate - 2011-12-28 10:42

      Ag, please man. Just look at the people who run our country. Just recently Sheryl Cwele the wife of the Minister of Intelligence sentenced for being the king pin. How many lives did she ruin? She got 12 years. She should get life

  • Herbert - 2011-12-28 10:35

    ThailandJohn, I remember queuing in Zurich once and the guy in front of me produced his Republic Houtbay Passport together with his RSA one, and it got stamped.

      John - 2011-12-28 10:56

      Yeah, Herbert I lived in HB at that time there were several reports of the passport being accepted. I also remember that as you entered HB over the pass from LLandudno there was a sign that you could get your copy from either the Lions or Round Table.

  • Dean Kenad - 2011-12-28 10:50

    ARRESTED IN NIGERIA???????

  • Perfume5 - 2011-12-28 11:04

    We are getting so sick of these drug mules disgracing the country like this, are woman so GREEDY for money!!! Spare me the poor drivel. Stupid asses, so sympathy whatsoever. Did they not read of the Linden woman's execution, the dreadlock mule locked up in Thailand, I guess they think by seeing their names splashed in papers, they have become "instant celebrities"

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-28 11:22

    Young SA females, more especially must learn to work hard to earn instead of rotting in jail for few thousands. What bothers me most is how women these days sell themselves cheap to wealthy men they don't even know.It all starts in the name of love and all of a sudden they are fronted and left on their own. These women deliberately drop out from universities and colleges to pursue this treacherous expedition.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-28 11:23

    Young SA females, more especially must learn to work hard to earn instead of rotting in jail for few thousands. What bothers me most is how women these days sell themselves cheap to wealthy men they don't even know.It all starts in the name of love and all of a sudden they are fronted and left on their own. These women deliberately drop out from universities and colleges to pursue this treacherous expedition.

      Maru - 2011-12-28 11:56

      Why do you post all your comments twice?

      Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-28 15:13

      @ Maru.It's like I don't have a solution on this my friend, I always post one comment and it appears twice everytime and I hate as I can't delete one.

  • Lawrence - 2011-12-28 11:25

    When do our young sisters are going to learn that this most forein guys promise to make them travel agencies only to use them as their drug traficker. One incident is much to many if they did not learn a lesson on what had just hapen in China recently let them continue to be use just for a quick cash.

  • Sakina Ibrahima - 2011-12-28 11:30

    Well I am sure those girl think that drugs is their free ticket way out from property, and don't realize how they destroy and disgrace their passport and country name , this is really serious .

  • Perfume5 - 2011-12-28 11:37

    Quoting someone's comment they made on Facebook regarding this " Found this from the New Age: The latest mule’s situation is dire because of an identity crisis based on her having four different passports in her possession. Her friends told The New Age she was one of the mules working for a local female drug lord. “She has been doing this for some time and has a Nigerian boyfriend living in India,” said one of her friends. “The woman controlling the business is a South African who recruits the girls and rents passports from Zimbabweans who are desperate for cash.” According to friends, the druglord recruits women in Rosetenville and Turffontein in Johannesburg. She allegedly rents or buys passports from foreigners, particularly Zimbabweans, who are in possession of the old type of travel document, which can be tampered with. Close friends of the drug mule, who are in Harare to attend tomorrow’s court case, feared naming the woman as they said she was dangerous. They said it was possible that a number of South Africans were bust abroad travelling on forged Zimbabwean documents. “This woman is dangerous and doesn’t care. A number of girls arrested abroad are said to be Zimbabweans,” said a friend.unquote

      Jack - 2012-01-01 07:28

      The last Zim old format passports were issued in 31 January 1999. This means plus 10 years, these passport would have expired 31 January 2009. So I would doubt the old passport format thing statement...The current ones from 01 February 1999 follow the current modern format for all international passports.

  • NtombiMasbeu - 2011-12-28 12:05

    because of these individual mules SA has got ugly reputation while we as real SA we work our butts off to earn a decent living. i hope they burn in hell for this. i wish i could hide small cute kids so that they will never be affected by this crazy world drug,murder,raping etc.

  • Gordon - 2011-12-28 13:02

    Do they actually arrest you for drug smuggling in Nigeria?.

      Dean Kenad - 2011-12-28 13:24

      Well we have it now seen they do.

      Cordelia - 2011-12-28 14:38

      thats the most stupid comment i have ever heard. DO THEY arrest people in south africa for rape and murder?

      Cordelia - 2011-12-28 14:42

      oh and by the way I hardly come across Drug addicts in Nigeria and yet it seems to be a big issue in SA

      John - 2011-12-28 17:50

      @ Cordelia Gordon tries to make a "quick-peak" statements again. Now he expects hate and love posts. Gordon, becouse you doesn't look so stupid to me...I'll pass on comments and votes.

  • sue.da.nim - 2011-12-28 13:27

    lolol omg why would they take drugs INTO NIgeria.... all our drugs come FROM nigeria!!! we do have a stupid nation

      Gordon - 2011-12-28 16:05

      True Sue @ Cordelia quite sensitive about this are we?It is a known fact that they are the biggest drug lords in Africa,and are busy corrupting our own country by flooding it with drug,

  • JoeSnack Mkhabela - 2011-12-28 14:39

    The ladies are not the owner's of the mules. Its about time they speak out who is the main president or this Drugs.

  • malcolm - 2011-12-28 15:21

    Mochava prison is nice. No beds or food. They make friends and relatives bring food and water and pass it through the bars. Hardly enough space to lay down outstretched on the concrete. Its all good for drug traffickers. Merry Christmas and happy new year.

  • lubabalo.ndwandwa - 2011-12-28 16:34

    eish this is very terible werse and 4m the ladies if am not mistaken i can call them heros. then what if they were under the bridge selling their bodies mor scum hey!!

  • mccooll24 - 2011-12-28 17:02

    there is no effective government in SA. Why is everyone surprised.Did you know Nigerian government expelled Ghanaian? But when we do it we are being un african

  • Chabi - 2011-12-28 18:33

    South Africans (white & all colours) have been carrying drugs even in the Dark Days of Apartheid throughout the world... we indeed come a long way with Assess in Government ..

  • Joseph - 2011-12-28 18:37

    South Africans and Nigerians are now partners in crime what a shame.

  • PastorPromise C Ozuzu - 2011-12-28 18:57

    I feel it is time for us to stop calling name's but fine away to stop.... This is something that is eatting our world today.... So ask your self what can i do?

  • letuba007 - 2011-12-29 13:22

    You guys turn to be so con concerned about this issue. there is more serious and worse situation in our societies today. Children taking drugs, children involved in roberies, children not going to school, children falling pregnant, HIV and Aids related illnesses and many more.

  • dkkhumalo - 2011-12-30 00:09

    I fully agree with Tshivhombela.The apartheid goverment managed the borders very well. I spent most of my life exiled in Swaziland.Illegal cross border was terrifying,you risked being shot or spend time in jail if you are lucky.The illegal foreigners are having a free for all,medical(health care )for free,housing,security,etc @ our expense (tax ).The worse that can happen to the is to be deported and they come back within 24 hrs.They have taken our streets with fake products,they are into drugs,prostitution,etc. It is a total mess ! ! ! Nowhere in the world has foreigners have such freedom ! ! !

      Joseph - 2011-12-30 00:32

      Blacks fear blacks but embrass whites no matter were they come from.

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