Mom worries about drug mule daughter

2012-02-02 09:00

Johannesburg - An Eastern Cape woman is desperately seeking information about her daughter, who was arrested for smuggling drugs in Thailand in December.

Nolubabalo Nobanda allegedly tried to smuggle cocaine in her fake dreadlocks, reported Eyewitness News.

Her mother, Honjiswa Mbewu, said she had not heard from her daughter since her arrest.

A woman who was travelling with her daughter had returned to the Eastern Cape but was avoiding her, which left her desperate for any kind of news about her daughter, she said.

The woman, Sulezi Rwanda, was back in Grahamstown following the trip to Thailand.

The South African embassy in Thailand was apparently also trying to get hold of Rwanda.

  • Ben - 2012-02-02 09:11

    Sorry lady. Their legal system is completely different from ours. If you break the law in Thailand you are treated like a criminal with no rights. I sincerely hope you can trace her.

      cordeliam - 2012-02-02 12:20

      @ Ben, don't you think that is how criminals should be treated? They have more rights in SA than deserved. And the tax payers are paying.

  • Mike - 2012-02-02 09:16

    There is really nothing to worry about anymore - in Thailand this kind of crime results in death. Time to teach your children if you play with fire - you get burned! Or teach them to read - as at Bangkok's airport travelers are warned: "Importation of illegal narcotics punishable by death!" - that warning should be clear enough!

      dumisiledee - 2012-02-02 10:24

      This was a flippen varsity student Mike, what makes you think the mother never taught her or that she couldn't read herself? this young lady knew exactly what she was getting herself into. The poor mom probably didn't even know about this drug trafficking.

      Zulumfana - 2012-02-02 10:41

      The funny part, she got herself in this a week after the other SA offender was executed for the same offence. No amount of preaching can change them. She made her bed and she must now lie on it, I only feel sorry for her mom.

      Mike - 2012-02-02 12:16

      @ Dumisile - something went wrong; everyone knows what the result is to traffic drugs into South East Asia. And even if she did not know, the warning boards at the airports and borders in Thailand are HUGE - and they are clear; Drugs = Death. I did not know that she was a varsity student... @ Zulumfana - agreed, make your bed and sleep in it; though in Thai prisons there aren't any... poor mom indeed.

      Sechaba - 2012-02-02 15:10

      @Zulumfana, not even a week, but a day

  • zaakiro - 2012-02-02 09:21

    Well like we said the last time, when a South African women was executed in China, you making stupid decision you pay the consequences. Everyone is faced with some kind of difficulty, at times desperation leads one to such crimes, nevertheless ever perpetrator is aware of risks. Thailand like China and many other Eastern countries have strict laws on drug trafficking, wouldn't be surprised if the mother receives a DHL package soon. It so tough feeling sorry for such people, drugs, rape or murder. A criminal is a criminal. We find it so hard to accept, that's the result of the way our country is governed.

  • Evan - 2012-02-02 09:49

    One sympathizes with the mother, but let us not forget that her daughter made a choice and is now having to face the consequences. It must be heartbreaking for her mom, but then again what of the Thai parents whose children would have taken the drugs the mule was smuggling. No mule, an ASS I say. Shame on her for dragging her family into this.

  • Xoli - 2012-02-02 09:55

    My heart goes out to the mother, as for the daughter the best advise would be to prepare herself to meet her maker because in all likelihood she will...

  • Sharon - 2012-02-02 10:00

    Feel for the Mom ............but u do the crime u do the her arrest it was told that she will only be given the right to council in 3 months....up till then no one is allowed to see her.

  • Wendy - 2012-02-02 10:04

    How sad that Rwanda is now hiding and not prepared to at least speak to the mother ...

      David - 2012-02-02 10:36

      More than likely involved in the whole thing. I hope you can sleep at night you cow.

      Amanda - 2012-02-02 10:48

      because Nobanda's mom has been spreading ugly rumours about Sulezi Rwanqa that she has influenced her "church going" daughter who went to a Private School into drug smuggling. Her daughter was well off and had no reason to do what she did bla bla bla

  • Garreth - 2012-02-02 12:35

    I think this other woman who was with her, knows about everything that's why she is avoiding the family. She's an accomplice.

  • Paco - 2012-02-02 12:43

    don't do the crime if you can't do the time

  • zmbova - 2012-02-02 12:47

    @ news24, is it Sulezi Rwanda or Sulezi Rwanqa? Just asking, ek vra maar net. These kind of typos can be very costly...

  • gillian.sanderson - 2012-02-02 12:50

    Shame no matter what - I cannot watch that vodeo clip without feeling despeartely sorry for this young girl. Can feel her fear! Hope the authorities are able to help her mom track her down - they NEED to speak to one another!

      gillian.sanderson - 2012-02-02 13:05

      *video . . . *desperately

  • Tammy - 2012-02-02 13:49

    my heart goes out to the poor mother - i hope she has family and friends that are supporting her through this difficult time

  • northsgn - 2012-02-02 14:16

    let the thing rot in jail

  • frans.grobler3 - 2012-02-02 14:31

    My heart goes out the end uses mothers not this b*tch!

  • Tyrone - 2012-02-02 14:53

    Now if we can only treat the rhino poaching Thais the same way with the death penalty and parade them the same as they do when their laws are violated!

      Allen - 2012-02-02 16:07


  • Gavin - 2012-02-02 15:08

    Certainly she deserves everything the Thai justice system can throw at her. But here is a thought....The signs saying "punishable by death" were only at the arrival airport. She had already boarded, fully loaded, in Brazil or wherever. Was she really going to "fess up" when she saw the sign in the arrivals lounge ?

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