Dreadlock drug mule to be sentenced

2012-06-18 08:25

Johannesburg - A South African woman accused of smuggling cocaine in her dreadlocks to Thailand was due to be sentenced in a Bangkok court on Monday.

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

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

She admitted to authorities that she smuggled the drugs, and said she was hired to deliver the cocaine to a customer at a hotel in Bangkok.

Since then she has been detained in prison.

Nobanda had been represented by a Bangkok state lawyer.

The family planned to send a legal adviser and a family member to attend the judgement but her mother Honjiswa Mbewu confirmed on Sunday that the trip to Thailand was cancelled.

Neither she nor a legal adviser would be attending the judgement on Monday.

"I had to cancel my journey to that county because my doctor has indicated that I suffer from acute stress and may not be fit to travel," she said. Her safety was another reason for cancelling the trip.

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

  • Wally Walters - 2012-06-18 08:36

    This is going to be bad news

      John - 2012-06-18 09:53

      She won't get the death penalty, over here Cocaine is not a class one drug and does not carry the death penalty. However the gov here is hell bent on drugs, she will i think get a stiff jail term, silly girl. The SA ambassador Gibson did all he could for her. Maybe the new Ambassador Ms ROBINA P MARKS is helping I don't know.

  • kgomotso.qubu - 2012-06-18 08:38

    Rhino horns smugglers,including those from Thailand,get a wrist slap by SA Courts.I hope Nobabalo gets the same

      Deon Du Plessis - 2012-06-18 08:49

      Absolutely KQ, it is freaking ridiculous the "double standards".

      refiloe.shikwambana - 2012-06-18 09:52

      Shes nt in S.A. shes gtng what she deserve.

  • CHRISTOS52 - 2012-06-18 08:41

    What ever happened in her verdict I wish she could serve her sentenced in her mother birth country .

      Penny - 2012-06-18 10:07

      Why? As a tax paying SA citizen I don't want to pay for this worman's "free" accommodation. Stupid woman accepting Brazilian drugs, transporting them to Thailand and you want South Africa to "house" her!! You smoking pot or something?

  • nozipho.ntuli - 2012-06-18 08:42

    I realy feel sori 4this gal ma heart is in pain.

      don.odendaal - 2012-06-18 09:41

      Why are you also a mule

  • soso.ngxoweni - 2012-06-18 08:50

    Babsie shame I feel sorry for her.Such a sweet lady,money can make ppl do stupid things.She shloud have knwn better.

  • nkululeko.zuma.52 - 2012-06-18 08:52

    Very sad

  • rlong1952 - 2012-06-18 08:55

    I am a little confused by the support this lady is getting here. She is a drug smuggler, she admitted it. Drugs kill people. She knew what she was doing. I am all for sympathy if she did it without knowing (that happens) but she did it and admitted to it, so in my opinion she is getting what is due to her. Luckily she didn't do it in Singapore, they don't take nonsense there. Of course the persons that put her up to it must be punished too, but I am afraid she is reaping what she sowed.

      don.odendaal - 2012-06-18 09:43

      Someone with some sense at last

      Penny - 2012-06-18 10:10

      Wow, somebody who actually knows that what this woman did is wrong. Do so agree with you @Saffa.

      sradebe - 2012-06-18 13:02

      Joh 8:7 ....., "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."

  • werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-06-18 08:56

    No pity, there is enough hardship in the world, a drug pusher adds no value to society

  • antin.herinck - 2012-06-18 08:57

    Case of a very extended "Dreadlock Holiday" in Thailand.

  • mandilakhe.nompehle - 2012-06-18 08:59

    Eish!!! Easy money....\r\n\r\nWhat a risky situation...........\r\n\r\nAny role played by S.A gov?

  • john.ferreira.1213 - 2012-06-18 09:06

    She should get the maximum sentence, she knew what she was letting herself in for. The sentence should be served in a Thailand jail. Take the case of the Beetge woman working for Cheryl Cwele, while she is in jail Cheryl Cwele is out on bail pending an appeal outcome, and seeing that she has money she might even win the appealand continue to live in luxury. Corrupt people like them look at others as if you are something the cat dragged in. I have no sympathy for them. Lock them away and throw away the cell key.

  • mashudu.nemadzivhani - 2012-06-18 09:12

    this s very sad..whre does dis put us as south africans mara?bt well,let her get the wage she workd for.

  • hosia.modiga - 2012-06-18 09:20

    May God protect you!!!

  • bdarcywilliams - 2012-06-18 09:33

    Asians do not have any sympathy for drug mules, drug dealers or manufacturers, she is lucky she is not in China, or she would be facing death by lethal injection, with regard to RSA courts just giving a "slap on the wrist" for offences, that is the problem RSA courts are pathetic, and need to hand down far heavier sentences. She will get what she deserves in a Thai Jail.

  • mrp721 - 2012-06-18 09:37

    She deserves the death penalty just like that other woman (can't even remember her name now). What's good for one is good for all. You wanna be stupid suffer the consequences. Only sympathy I do have is for her family especially her mother. But as for her, she is old enough to know better, she knowingly smuggled drugs without a care who those drugs could kill or who's lives they could ruin. She deserves the death penalty finish and klaar!!!

  • Susan - 2012-06-18 09:50

    I see some comments saying "hope se gets the death penalty" - have you guys seen this girl? She is so very young. A child making a horribly wrong, stupid choice in a society that values only money. I hope she does not get the death sentence!

      thabo.mphate - 2012-06-18 09:56

      Someone with compassion and sence..Kids make mistakes,this one is going to cost her,but i dont think the death penalty is the correct way to deal with this.Imagine it was your kid,sister,friend who just made a wrong decision.Im sure everyone here has made a wrong decision one time in their lives.

  • Mpotsiseng - 2012-06-18 09:50

    Not looking good for her. if she does not get the death sentence she will stay in there for a long time. She better start learning Thai

  • Mtk.the.poet - 2012-06-18 09:54

    This is shooting the messenger, pres Zuma should have done something about this woman,where is the UN,can't they track down her bosses? We all know black SouthAfricans get paid to commit such crime overseas by Overseas Kingpins,yeses they should get nailed with her these basterds,but OH NO! She will pay for them phela she is a \\r\ndarkie\

  • buki.dlephu - 2012-06-18 10:01

    so she is gonna be magogo in prison??

      Mtk.the.poet - 2012-06-18 10:13

      And u tink its funny? Did she kill sumone? Heartless

      busi.mbanjana - 2012-06-18 13:06

      Ts only 15yrs

      mrp721 - 2012-06-18 17:34

      @Mtk.the.poet How can you say did she kill someone, how do you know that the drugs she smuggled in wouldn't have killed someone, she deserves to be locked up for the rest of her days & not here but in a Thai jail... Damn right when you say we are heartless, she was heartless when she decided to smuggle drugs that could have taken more than one life.. Actions have consequences, I don't care how old she is, she does not deserve to walk the streets!!!

      amboneni - 2012-07-13 15:52

      she does'nt deserve to be there,if u listen carefully to her side of story well i believed dat she did'nt know all she knew was she was going to sell hair products but whn she gets there things turned into sour,pls ppl lets not take this 4 funny its really sad.

  • monji - 2012-06-18 10:18

    See !!! people dislike the truth, you have to love it to heal them poor people trying to skip steps by doing it illegal ... look it not Nigerians cause your brain could tell you say NO as well. not a Nigerian but blame can't be put on them all the time. and the sad news is she won't be the last ... patience and hard work pay, stay off illegal SH*T

  • welmamoloto - 2012-06-18 12:31

    shame poor gal,sometyms people do things not thinking straight.i believe that God have a plan for everyone and he is the only one who knows whats gonna happen with the gal from now on,and by the way every1 makes mistakes so we dnt have to judge her coz we also dnt knw wat tomorro holds for us,and to her family n friends,pls support her all the way.May the good lord be with her all the way.

  • tmnqayi - 2012-06-18 12:58

    I think it will be better if the Thailand Govn. HANG her in public. I feel sorry for parents but for her she is old enough to pay for her dids as she was old enough to say yes to them. She shamed our country(our beloved African WOMAN). And on every International airports they now humiliate our Lovely woman of Africa because of this, they so call it random selection but not anymore, for our sisters it is not. imagine how humiliating it is that every time you come into another country you have to be taken somewhere and made to strip to your bikinis for some-woman watching you because you come from RSA.

  • busi.mbanjana - 2012-06-18 13:36

    I do feel pity for Babsie

  • phamela.ngwenya - 2012-06-22 16:00

    If anything is causing worry or anxiety, let us stop rehearsing the difficulty and trust God for healing, love, and power.

  • julie.roberts.92351995 - 2012-06-23 11:41

    Silly silly girl, she will have a long time to reflect on her decision to have taken part in this, surely she knew what she was doing and the consequences of her part and payment in this. Not really worth it, hope it lets others know NOT to get involved.

  • susan.ettmayr - 2012-07-09 21:25

    Thailand issues the death sentence for drugs

  • elle.durow - 2012-07-10 05:57

    It is a pity that the Thai, and other Eastern block countries, don't also impose the same punishments on people found smuggling rhino horn.

  • amboneni - 2012-07-13 15:58

    I really feel sorry 4 her,u really dont deserve this,life sometimes just sucks u know.You will get through this u jst hv 2 hang in there babygal be strong.

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