SA drug mule arrested in Malawi

2012-01-28 10:31

Johannesburg - A South African woman was arrested at Lilongwe International Airport, in Malawi, for allegedly trying to smuggle four kilograms of cocaine in a baby stroller earlier this week, a Johannesburg newspaper reported on Saturday.

Patience Monkei-Khame, 33, was searched at the airport when authorities noticed there was no baby in the pram, the Saturday Star said.

The contraband was found secreted in the hollow metal frame of the perambulator.

Malawian police spokesperson, Peter Botha, said Monkei-Khame arrived in the country from Brazil and was due to fly on to OR Tambo International Airport.

He said she confessed and claimed a gang had offered her R30 000 to smuggle the drugs into South Africa.

Last month another South African, Nolubabalo Nobanda was caught at a Bangkok airport with one-and-a- half kilograms of cocaine concealed in her dreadlocks.

In December, Janice Linden was put to death in China for drug smuggling.

  • tngobene - 2012-01-28 10:40

    the smuggling continues...

      Janice - 2012-01-28 12:41

      Chuck her in jail and throw away the key, theres no get rich quick scheme that works!!!

      Sean - 2012-01-28 13:31

      Lock up the scum ! They know exactly it is wrong !! It`s a pitty they don`t have the death penalty !

      TheWatcher - 2012-01-28 14:27

      When you are poor (I'm not sure whether this woman is or not) you'll jump at any opportunity. To put it into perspective that's over a years worth of wages at minimum wage. I'm not condoning it. Just showing the other side of the coin.

      Gideon - 2012-01-28 14:48

      @Watcher: Condoning it or not, the other side of the coin is that kids are getting strung-out on the stuff that these mules bring into our country. I don't care how poor you are, drug smuggling is not a minor offence! This deserves serious prison time at the least, if not capital punishment: drugs destroy societies, children's futures, and has so many other criminal spin-offs that I shudder to think how many people die because of drug related violence. There just isn't any excuse for it. No sympathy from my side, we are all sentient creatures with free will. Nobody is forced to do it.

      trevor06 - 2012-01-28 19:38

      Ha! Says the guy on the computer, probably with a lekker house, nice car! You can't talk poverty until you've lived it!

      TheWatcher - 2012-01-28 20:52

      @Gideon I agree with you. This woman (and all other criminals) should have the book thrown at her and she must pay for her transgressions to the full extent of the law. BUT like it or not there's two(or more) sides to every story. We don't have to like it or even agree with it but its there. Where there are poor people there are desperate people and desperate people make mistakes. Its not right, its not pretty but its the truth.

      Luke - 2012-01-29 21:22

      And Janice Mcmaster, 'theres no get rich quick scheme that works'?? That sounds like the bias words of someone who holds contempt for people who have good fortune, and makes you sound like someone with jealousy issues. Then again, your FB profile pic, is a picture of your BMW :/ I feel sad for you

  • Jay - 2012-01-28 10:41

    "sorry maam but why did you do it?" "Eeeeeeaaaw Eeeeeaaaw Eeeeaaawlways makes me do it!"

      rbczovczov - 2012-01-29 07:48

      I hate people who take drugs...customs and police for example. (Just kidding drugs are bad for your health, dont use or traffic them)

  • reinier.van.den.bergh - 2012-01-28 10:45

    The drug mule is now South African,s new official national animal.

      George - 2012-01-28 11:32

      Just another bigger ASS and lost her baby on durban beachfront on christmass day

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-28 11:48

      @ Renier: Spot on and the new sport is "Dodge the DEA" Your new word for today is "perambulator", WTF is wrong with calling it a PRAM?!!! Geez Serves her right, lock her away for 100 years, reducing by 5 years for each drug cartel member she can get prosecuted!!

  • timelord - 2012-01-28 10:50

    another Darwin award .....

  • Herman - 2012-01-28 10:50


  • Alva - 2012-01-28 10:51

    Unbelievable. Obviously not deterred by jail time.

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-01-28 10:51

    Money - is such a powerful motivator.... :(

      Juan - 2012-01-29 00:14

      That's why drugs should be legalised. The prices would drop making it less profitable for the drug drug lords and drug mules, and with the overpopulation in this world, if people want to kill themselves with drugs, let them.

  • Ian - 2012-01-28 10:51

    ya patience, now you ahve to be patient for the next 25 to life, does malawi have the big drop

      thabangq - 2012-01-28 11:26 killing me here!!!

      TheWatcher - 2012-01-28 20:57

      doubt they have the big drop but one of the leaders (Dr Banda) was rumoured to feed his rivals to crocodiles.

  • Mark - 2012-01-28 10:52

    What a retard! No baby..........ffs

  • Ian - 2012-01-28 10:53

    no baby in the stroller, now thats as thick as well ya we know

  • lynette.hugo - 2012-01-28 10:57

    Mooi man, julle kon nou reg maar werk harder in S.A. ook asseblief.

  • Mike - 2012-01-28 10:58

    Somehow this article does not make any sense - as there are no flights from Brazil to Malawi...

      Wendy - 2012-01-28 11:10

      probably went via other airports .. to put the authorities off .. coming from South America will make the authorities more vigilant!

      Mike - 2012-01-28 11:26

      According to google a Davie Chingwalu is the Malawian Police Spokesperson....

      tony.kirby1 - 2012-01-28 11:51

      Her flight from Sao Paulo to Malawi would have needed at least 2 stop over/changes and the easiest would be SAA without entering RSA at OR Tambo, staying in transit to Malawi. That flight minium 36 hrs. BMI, LAM and Emerates could have taken her up to 55 hours and 4 to 5 changes. That is according to a flight search I did.

  • Sydney Mokgwadi - 2012-01-28 11:02

    What is wrong with all these women!! They must be hanged, so that others can learn a lesson. Come on south african women where is your pride?

      Reshan - 2012-01-28 11:07

      Sometimes its more than pride. Government is allowing violent criminals to run rampant and they use more than money to 'motivate' people, what would you do if someone was holding a gun to your child's head and you could not turn to the law?

      George - 2012-01-28 12:21

      Cherryl Cwele back in business?

      Gerhard - 2012-01-28 14:11

      It is the endemic corruption in this country. They look at their political peers and do likewise. How, may I ask did JZ become a multi billionaire in less than 10 years. And all the others???

  • jerry.kb - 2012-01-28 11:04

    the smuggling will never stop. people learn, people do not learn. the money is good sometimes. so good that some people can smuggle poison into the country and have it sold to their own relatives. pitiful. Think bro, think, sister. there are so many other ways to make cash.

  • Kagiso Kay - 2012-01-28 11:06

    4 just 30 grand,dats stupid

      Wendy - 2012-01-28 11:13

      Kagiso, thing is, sure the 30 grand is for her .. but what does she care what that drug may do to other people's lives and that of their families. These mules are indirectly possible murderers.

  • Johan - 2012-01-28 11:09

    We all know what can be blamed for this! lol

      Michael - 2012-01-28 17:10

      Nigerians! *wink*

  • Joseph - 2012-01-28 11:22

    why do they always come from BRAZIL??????? WHATS THE LINK BETWEEN SA, BRAZIL AND NIGERIA?????????

      Maurits Schultz - 2012-01-28 12:12

      Cocaine is produced only in South America, Nigerians are heavily involved in the drug trade and SA is used as a transit point due to inefficient / corrupt border officials!

  • Boitumelo Tumi Mpitsang - 2012-01-28 11:30

    Haai no, what is happening with SA women with this thing of smuggling drugs, didn't they learn anything from linden the lady that was executed in December. Drugs are illegal period.

      Whitty - 2012-01-28 11:41

      Do you thing they read anything? let alone the current affairs.

      Luke - 2012-01-29 21:14

      Drugs are not illegal period. That is completely ignorant. A 100 years ago cocaine was sold at cafes in the form of drinks, toothpaste and as guessed it..drug. Just like pharmacies sell all the drugs that a bunch of human beings, called the government, decided to NOT make illegal. Before the government there was something called nature, from a which a plant came, from which cocaine came, and back then it was your own business what freaking plant you ingested. Right now we are literally letting a bunch of very likely corrupt human beings decide exactly what we can and cannot do with our own lives, and you roll over like a dog because as long as you have your TV and cellhpone and a cafe to buy all your packaged food and a pharmacy to buy all your legal drugs, your happy, right? The bushmen would be dissapointed

  • David - 2012-01-28 11:37

    The dumb B$tch knew what she was doing. Wake up and smell the coffee, they use our people (black and white) to run there drugs all over the world. Then she will turn around and blame somebody else, put the cow in jail and let her learn. She can be the new kitchen b$tch

  • lekgolo1 - 2012-01-28 11:39

    why cont people learn mara?so we are tired about this things man

  • lekgolo1 - 2012-01-28 11:41

    people lets try to learn from ather people's mistakes please

  • Nothando Nothy Ngomane - 2012-01-28 12:12

    Money??? Is it really worth it?

  • Shirley - 2012-01-28 12:22

    Pity this wasnt China-elimination is quick and simple!

      Buck - 2012-01-29 06:25

      Prison inm Malawi aint a stroll in the park either! Human rights dont exist in their prisons.

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-28 12:33

    They will never learn. What is the matter with these People? a woman was killed recently by lethal injection and that is not news enough for these mules.

  • Yanga Gregory Nkunzi - 2012-01-28 12:44


  • sandile.tineza - 2012-01-28 12:44

    As long as our South African judicial system is relaxed in punishing drug offences locally, we will forever be seen as the main source of drug trafficking in the international community.

  • sandile.tineza - 2012-01-28 12:50

    According to S.A laws, drug trafficking is tantamous to shoplifting, not that serious, its a petty crime, even our Guava-mint Minister's queen are leading the drug traficking mafias.

  • Carlo Hayes - 2012-01-28 12:55

    At least have a baby in the stroller!

  • Rose Rankoe - 2012-01-28 13:43

    How stupid, foolish can you be

  • Mehluli - 2012-01-28 13:43

    The story continues.

  • Roi Strong Sibambo - 2012-01-28 13:51

    this lot makes look bad. Please could the airport authorities stop those south africans boarding for south america and nigerians coming in or in transit should be in position of a visa and a transit visa am fed up

  • Roy - 2012-01-28 13:52

    Let,s hope that Malawi has the same law as China has and deals with this woman in the same way. These people are prepared to take the chance so they should pay the ultimate penalty.

  • Tshepo Moshophe Sekepe - 2012-01-28 14:03

    The security is tight out SA airports it is free-walk in the parK. These guys they never learn...u will be caught like a mouse and serve heavy sentences. Here in SA all you need to do is to collapse(faking it),and you won't be taken into custody..Ask selebi and Shaik!

  • MakaNyawuzenkukhu - 2012-01-28 14:12

    Just want to appeal to SA diplomats in Malawi not to engage on this case as that is unnecessary because when Nobanda was caught in Thailand December 2011 [just days after another mule was executed in China]there was enough publicity which one may think was alerting everyone. Despite this all, another mule was caught in Zimbabwe another in Nigeria then this one in Malawi. Please no more abuse of public funds let her sort herself. Why SA ladies are less interested on learning about danger zones instead they dig overnight wealth.

      Perfume5 - 2012-01-28 21:38

      I don't know why your comment received a thumbs down.

  • Chabi - 2012-01-28 15:51

    She lived a mule life & now she gets Donkey years in prison !! But where's my Wouter swipe ?

  • Rita - 2012-01-28 16:52

    HaHaHaHa. How stupid can one be having a stroller without a baby and thinking you are going to get away with it.....That is so funny..

  • pierre.w.brouard - 2012-01-28 17:03

    Instead of pouring our venom onto the mules, here's an idea that actually requires some thought and analysis: decriminalise all drugs, do away with the forbiddenness and the crime around drugs, provide free rehab for users, distinguish between soft and hard drugs, do more research on the brain chemistry of addiction. Cartels, traffickers, drug lords becoming more powerful than politicians - we have to think out of the box on this one. Read this for a start:

      Buck - 2012-01-29 06:32

      And cocaine is a soft drug? that liberal BS is whats destroyed the once Great Britain! you say free rehab, nothin in life is free. i will not let my tax fund druggies.

  • comurray - 2012-01-28 17:15

    When are these idiots going to realise that they are the paid decoy and the real smugglers with about 100 kgs or more are never searched because they act like normal tourists. There will be many many idiots like her taking the wrap for [professional smugglers.

  • braamc - 2012-01-28 17:48

    Patience my girl, don't think they are gonna have patience with you. Crime pays here in SA not there, just ask your ANC folk

  • Dianne061 - 2012-01-28 19:29

    They do not want to learn!!!!

  • Patrick - 2012-01-28 19:31

    their are temptation one would not resist. even in the bible a talking snake can make you eat an apple how about a million.

      Juan - 2012-01-29 00:25

      Well a talking snake would scare the living crap out of me, I won't be able to eat anything that's for sure

  • Buti - 2012-01-28 19:37

    why women why don't you wake, drug men dealers are playing with you. They know that South Africans are the worst stupid people when coming to sell drugs.

  • Tserai Mautsahuku - 2012-01-28 20:44

    Agh yha.4kg of cocaine for 30k reward?????

  • Perfume5 - 2012-01-28 20:55

    Darwin Award!!

  • thys.louwrens - 2012-01-28 22:50

    @Gideon, I agree with you 100%, every drug mule caught should be locked away for life or should get the death penalty. Pity they are not all caught in China.

  • Willie - 2012-01-29 06:27

    Place a Tattoo on each cheek CM and let her go so she can be seen by all for what she is. Willie

  • Mark - 2012-01-29 11:37

    ...and the beat goes on...

  • Lekke - 2012-01-29 12:26

    Everyday smuggeling smuggling........

  • sikhumbuzok - 2012-01-29 16:43

    The lunacy never stops. Throw away your life for R30K! No pity here.

  • Cristina - 2012-01-30 06:47

    They never learn now do they!!!