SA drug mule facing death penalty

2012-08-29 08:03

Bloemfontein - A young Kroonstad woman is facing the death penalty in Indonesia after she was caught with 6kg of crystal meth or tik at the international airport in Manado.

Volksblad reported that Donja Preston, 22, had presumably become mixed up with a Nigerian drug gang who had recruited her as a drug mule.

There had been attempts in SA to prevent her from leaving for Indonesia and the police had even been involved in trying to dissuade her from going on the drug run.

Preston is the mother of a 1-year-old baby who is being looked after by the young woman’s mother, Margaret.

“My child must just come home. Once she is home, I promise you she will never again go anywhere. She must just first come home,” said the woman’s mother.    

A friend said he couldn’t believe what had happened to Preston.

“Donja is a good, clever, educated girl. She had a permanent job until recently. I can’t believe that this happened to her.”

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-29 08:08

    you people just wont learn, why do you do it?

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-29 08:27

      For all you know those Nigerians could have threatened her life if she did not do it! Drugs is such an evil straight out of hell. It ruins so many lives!!!

      iceman196 - 2012-08-29 08:32

      a thumbs down, go freaking figure

      Jason - 2012-08-29 08:45

      Listen this is another issue our "Government" needs to deal with and quickly! Nigerian drug syndicates are everywhere in SA. They prey on the weak. As for this young lady, she knew the risks and still decided to go, even after the SAPS tried to persuade her not to go?????? Old adage "If you can do the crime..............."

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-29 08:46

      Michael, she should not have befriended Nigerians in the first place. People who do, do so to become involved because everyone knows that they deal drugs!

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-29 08:54

      @ wesleywt - She should have never gotten involved with them in the first place. She probably had some drug addiction and that is why she got involved with the. It's all about drugs and these Nigerians should be shot, never mind arrested!

      gary.guy.507 - 2012-08-29 08:57

      Perhaps the answer is to kick all the Nigerians out of this country. How many of them are actually here legally?

      chris.novak.9235 - 2012-08-29 09:52

      how did the saps know about this? odd?

      chantypalm - 2012-08-29 09:52

      @ hugh influence - what does being 22 and having a kid have to do with anything? I had my daughter when i was 21 and im 25 now, and am definitely not stupid. why be judgmental on that? seriously. people need to think before they comment.

      tammy.laumann - 2012-08-29 09:56

      @TshilidziPhuravhathu leave the pot heads alone, what do they have to do with this?!

      justice.ubuntu - 2012-08-29 09:59

      Timmy... Don't let your own prejudices show... You are wrong... Before Janice Linden (that was her name by the way) was executed in China I wrote on this very forum that the government should do more to help her and even suggested that President Zuma should have threatened a boycott of Chinese trade until she was repatriated to South Africa to serve a prison term. You see, in my opinion, if our Constitution prohibits the death sentence our government should be obliged to repatriate anyone on death row in a foreign country to serve a prison term in South Africa... which is no picnic as we all know. Of course I got tons of uphill (and thumbs down) from people here... But I did express my sympathy and compassion for Janice and her sisters and family...

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-08-29 10:02

      Purveyors of misery get what they deserve.

      firstseed.mbeva.9 - 2012-08-29 10:10

      It is about "thatha machance thatha ma million",hahahahaha!

      TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-08-29 10:38

      @tammy.laumann did I strike a nerve?

      mike.dufham.7 - 2012-08-29 10:45

      Something wrong here. A blonde white girl from Kroonstad. She cannot be a drug mule

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-08-29 12:00

      She probably couldn't find a deesant a diesnt a deesint a diesent a proper job because of AA and BEE .

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-08-29 12:05

      " Decent Job " That is what I meant to say but coodent remember the speling.. sorry

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-29 12:20

      @ clifford.sithole.5 - Hahahaha! I have not laughed so hard in a long time! And it's couldn't... Use the spell check News24 has!

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-29 12:46

      @ Clifford - I did not laugh at you... I laughed at the way you tried to get the spelling right "a deesant a diesnt a deesint a diesent a proper job..." Sorry... I was not trying to make fun of you. It's just hilarious... Forgive me. I have a sick sense of humour!

      suzette.emmett - 2012-08-29 13:08

      She is the mother of a child. I don't think that she would want her child to be a drug addict one day. But she allows other people's children to become addicts. Think before you MULE !!

      arthur.hugh - 2012-08-29 13:15

      Pulchritudinous - Wow did you have to go report my comment and have it deleted? Yes I think it's really stupid to have kids at 21 / 22 and that's my opinion, you don't have to like it. Considering the fact that she was warned by both her family and police, was obviously involved with drugs somehow before this while she had a baby so young, is stupid enough to try smuggle SIX Kilo's (!!!) in a country that is known to execute people for drugs, proves she's reckless and stupid. Like I said, I feel sorry for the family, but I feel nothing for her.

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-08-29 14:24

      Human trafficing for drug business is at a rise globally. Many who have never been trafficked will think these people are guilty and only to find that they were trapped. What if the Nija boys threatened to kill her family if she didn't do it? We probably wouldn't know. This could be what happened to this young lady, Nobanda Nolubabalo and many more that we don't know about.

      johandebeer - 2012-08-29 15:44

      Timmy Khethani you are a racist black pig. I note that you are also a Ghadaffi fan, which says a lot about you. I do not narmally get personal like this, but people like you should not exist.

      nana.akua.12914 - 2012-08-29 22:38

      Its easier when not in the shoes. There are unique circumstances surrounding each life, bless the Lord you do not err and be kind to the one less blessed. We are praying for you young lady.

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-08-30 02:08

      Sad so sad I feel sorry for the baby. If the police had warned her surely they could set a trap for the real Nigerian culprits who just never get caught. Had a friend who got on the wrong side of them and the next thing you know they held his elderly parents hostage threatening to kill them.

      doug.norris.581 - 2012-08-30 06:02

      wesleywt "michael So death penalty is better than getting Nigerians arrested?" I think that getting Nigerians arrested = death penalty (by a mob)

      merven.halo - 2012-08-30 07:52

      May this be a lesson: don't get involved with Nigerians, no ifs or buds. On a more serious note, nobody can say they don't know the risks involved with drug trafficking, she made her own bed.

      daan.vandenberg.773 - 2012-08-30 10:33

      We should have the death penalty for trafficing and selling drugs in South Africa.

      pierre.pretorius.370 - 2012-08-30 10:44

      I agree that people that spread drugs should be punished, but with Nigerians involved, she could be fearing for her life or worse, so I don't think this is as clean cut.

  • Perfume5 - 2012-08-29 08:09

    They don't want to flippin learn. I actually don't feel sorry for these drug mules!!

      justice.ubuntu - 2012-08-29 08:29

      Easy to pass dispassionate judgement on from the outside without knowing all the facts. I find it incredible that the police knew of this and let her go... for whatever reason...! Her mother and lawyers must hold the police accountable for this and the government simply has to step in and do whatever it takes to help this young girl. Why did the South African police not simply arrest her here...? If they let her go in the hope of catching the bigger fish the police are criminally responsible and irresponsible. The individual police who let her go and the SAPS should be charged with reckless endangerment or something similar. If the she was coopoerating with police why did they not arrest the Nigerians here who supplied her with the drugs. Let's clean up our own act first before we start worrying about other countries.

      justice.ubuntu - 2012-08-29 08:49

      I'll buy you a ticket to Indonesia so that you can attend her hanging and pat yourself on your sanctimonious back while you watch her terror leading up to her killing and then watch her die... telling yourself how perfectly perfumed and wonderful you are... All you people who are judging and criticizing this misguided young women really need to examine your own inner spirits with a great deal of humility and honesty... It must be wonderful to live your perfect lives in your perfect worlds where you never make mistakes. If she was guilty of drug offenses in South Africa the South African Police Service should have arrested her and put her in jail in South Africa but to let her go was effectively passing a death sentence on her... Strange behaviour for a police SERVICE in a country that does not have the death penalty? Sure she needs to pay for her criminal involvement but the penalty of death by hanging in a strange foreign jail with no support or compassion is just plain wrong... when she should have simply been arrested in South Africa.

      justice.ubuntu - 2012-08-29 09:04

      Jaaaaaa boet... Maybe you can all charter a plane together and buy popcorn and enjoy the show of watching this young girl die...? I'm sure you'll all feel so superior and saintly watching an evil person get her just deserts... And all feel all warm and fuzzy when you group-hug in celebration of the death of another drug dealer... God forbid any of you ever make a mistake or a bad choice... Any of you ever speak on your mobiles in the car...? Any of you have a couple of drinks and then drive...? Well when you kill someone expect to be judged as a cold-blooded murderer and receive no sympathy, compassion, leniency or forgiveness...

      justice.ubuntu - 2012-08-29 09:31

      Are you people daft...? The police knew she was carrying drugs... they knew a crime was being committed... Yet they did not do their duty and arrest her...? Why not...? So if the police stop an obviously drunk driver but let him or her continue on and drive home... and he or she then drives into a line of children crossing the road and kills them... You people are suggesting the police would not be accountable in any way...? Yes... of course the drunk person (or drug mule) is responsible for their actions... but if the police were in a position to prevent the crime from escalating to something more severe and neglected to do so... they are surely as guilty as the person involved...? They have neglected their duties and are criminally responsible...

      theO rAcLe - 2012-08-29 09:38

      @Snackman I tend to agree with you, we all make mistakes, it's just the extent that varies. We have to know all the facts behind this then only judge. The other thing is that she could still be rehabilitated. The poor child that belongs to this mother.

      justice.ubuntu - 2012-08-29 09:47

      Yeah Theo... You're right. Thank you. I'm staggered by the lack of compassion being exhibited here... I'm not saying this young girl doesn't deserve to be punished... but how is her death going to affect the drug dealers in any way at all...? And as you say, surely she should be allowed the chance of rehabilitation...? Rapists, murderers and thugs are given the opportunity of second chances... but not... apparently... a naive and stupid young girl...?? Very sad all round in my opinion...

      rontheogre - 2012-08-29 09:52

      Snackman, an obviously drunk person driving a vehicle has already committed a crime, but one saying that he will go to the pub, get drunk and drive cannot be arrested as no crime has been committed. The SAPD had no authority to arrest Donja as no law exists for conspiring to smuggle drugs. It is time that people in this country accept responsibility for their actions and not shift the blame to the Police or government for our own stupid decisions. With the media frenzy the past two years surrounding the situation of SA drug mules and others that have been executed for drug smuggling, it was almost impossible for her not to know what she was getting into. Being exposed to the end results of the work of drug mules on a regular basis has eroded my sympathy for the smugglers as those addicted to drugs need my sympathy and help more.

      justice.ubuntu - 2012-08-29 10:10

      Sorry Ronald.... that just doesn't cut it... The police tried to dissuade her... therefore knew what she was going to do... therefore could have simply waited for her to check-in her case and arrested her... The South African Police is a SERVICE which SHOULD protect South Africans EVEN FROM THEMSELVES... Had they arrested her in possession of 6kgs of tik she would have got a long jail sentence... Letting her leave with the stuff they were knowingly letting her fly to her execution... The police involved have failed abysmally in their duties... If you're so sincere about drug abuse and trafficking why are you not calling for her arrest in South Africa to lead to the arrest of the Nigerians who supplied her with the drugs...? Her execution in Indonesia will have no effect whatsoever on the the drug problem in South Africa. Using her to arrest the Nigerians responsible would have had more (maybe only a little but more) affect on the drug trade in South Africa.

      buck.ofama.313 - 2012-08-29 10:20

      @SnackMan "therefore could have simply waited for her to check-in her case and arrested her." Are you sure she was carrying drugs when she left SA? If not why should they have arrested her?

      Msika - 2012-08-29 10:21

      Hang! Hang! Hang! I don't feel sorry for her. I am 100% sure she had a choice or choices to choose from, and saw this as the best for her. Now, she's dealing with the consequences of the choices she made. Again I dont't feel for her, the only thing I feel for is my tax money that will be used to fly SA officials to and from Indonesia and all the other expenses involved.

      justice.ubuntu - 2012-08-29 10:26

      timmy.khethani YOU are now exposing your own bigotry... as i said to your previous comment... I did indeed bother to express my sympathy for Janice (whose name you don't even know by the way... and she was actually Coloured not Black if you must racially classify any of these women)... So the only one who hasn't bothered with any facts here is you... - 2012-08-29 10:38

      Hey SnackMan - fair is fair - you obviously side with the drug mules on this matter, because they ALL make the same mistake. Why dont you report back here on how sympathetic you are towards them in the future, after YOUR daughter/son has wound up on the slab from an OD, from drugs that one of your poor little drug mules hauled in? 6kg of meth? Im sure that is enough to destroy dozens, if not hundreds, of lives. The ONLY victim in this story is the little child that this dim-wit has left behind - how f***ing selfish is that???

      justice.ubuntu - 2012-08-29 11:05

      You are being stupid now Vickerman... but that's your right I guess.. I have looked at this more intelligently than you and seen the bigger picture while fools like you simply focus on the girl and profess to care about how drugsmules destroy lives... I have said she (and they) should go to jail in South Africa... so no way I am condoning their actions or siding with them... You are a willful idiot if that's what you think you read in my comments... Please explain to me how letting this girl get on a plane is going to stop my or your children winding up on a slab...? The Nigerians who pray on stupid/mixed-up/desperate people are operating in South Africa with impunity... this girls execution will not stop them distributing one gram of tik to South African children... However the police COULD have arrested her and used her to arrest the Nigerians responsible which would have had more hope of preventing your and my children from ending up on a slab... Unlike you all... I'm speaking about trying to do something effective to combat drugs IN SOUTH AFRICA where our children live by trying to apprehend those responsible for supplying the drug mules and the drug users... But hey... let's all celebrate and sing Kumbaya to the death of this fiendish evil girl and know our children lives have been made safer by her execution...!! That'll make us all feel better and sleep snugger at night knowing she was killed in Indonesia and our children are now safer in South Africa...!

      justice.ubuntu - 2012-08-29 12:28

      So why is everyone deleting their comments...? For anyone reading this... My comments were all in response to other peoples comments expressing their lack of sympathy and compassion for this young girl... Why they've since deleted their comments I have no idea... but I will not delete mine.

      psalm.proverb.3 - 2012-08-29 13:11

      @ Snack Man, You have much to say based on very scant reporting by News24. There is nothing in the article to indicate that the SAPS knew she was in possession of drugs. That the SAPS knew what she was planning to do does not necessarily give them the right to arrest her. She, in all likelihood, could only be arrested for possession of drugs (if was in possession of drugs at the time the SAPS talked to her and which is not implied by this article) or if she was in the consummative stage of her preparations to commit a crime. This can only be determined from clear facts, not this article. The cops can't simply arrest a person on the basis that s/he was contacted by drug dealers to act as a mule and s/he thinks it is a good idea. Saying you want to be a drug dealer is not a crime. By the same token, saying you want to be a drug mule is not a crime. Furthermore, talking to a drug dealer is not a crime. So, for what crime would the SAPS arrest her for? Saying she dreamed of becoming a drug mule and thought this would be a great career move??? Which prosecutor is going to accept such a case? Which sane judge is going to entertain this charge? She was warned and she voluntarily assumed the risks. There is no indication in this article that she feared for her life, asked the SAPS to help her and they refused. - 2012-08-29 13:25

      SnackMan - your argument has more holes in it than a sieve. Quite frankly you should be shipped over to get the chop along with this white trash girl. I look at it this way - there are over 7 Billion Humans on this rock, Im sure we can thin out the herd a bit by getting rid of the ones who think they can break the rules...plenty of us left to keep the species going... You, SnackMan, should have another bite of clever - you obviously need it...bleeding heart liberal dumb-ass...

      cherri.pye.5 - 2012-08-29 13:27

      SnackMan, if you ever have the misfortune to have a drug-addicted friend or relative, you'll understand why people have no compassion for these mules.

      Anthea - 2012-08-29 14:56

      Exactly, Cherri Pye, death by drug addiction is so much worse for the addicts and their families: anyone who traffics in drugs should be made to suffer the same fate.

      justice.ubuntu - 2012-08-29 15:03

      psalm.proverb.3 I am using the same scant information provided in the article that everyone else is using to condemn this young girl... I don't see you warning all the haters to be careful of knowing all the facts before they add their tuppence worth... Vickerman... Well considered rational insightful and meaningful post. Well done lad...! Feel good now...? cherri.pye.5 Indeed I have a close friend and a less close friend who are addicts... So I do absolutely know what to what lengths addicts will go to get drugs... I have not once condoned this young girl's actions or what she has done... I have stated several times that she should go to jail... but I don't believe that she needs to be executed for her crime... If she was involved with Nigerians she is/was most probably an addict herself and as we know they will do anything for more drugs... All these sanctimonious vengeful parodies of virtue really do need to have a long hard honest look at themselves... They may look at themselves but narcism and humble honesty are never found in the same place.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-08-30 07:21

      SnackMan is making the most sense on this entire page. Killing a drug mule is tantamount to murder, they are just delivering a package, not poisoning children. Other news websites report that the drugs were taken (undetected?) through OR Tambo airport to Indonesia, via Singapore.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-08-30 09:27

      Snackman, I'll agree with you on one point - police need to do more to combat drugs, and especially by concentrating on the "big boys". However by delivering 6kg's of drugs yes she would have been guilty of contributing toward the death of others and wrecking families. She was warned before she did it by police and by family and chose to continue to do it, therefor I have no sympathy for her. She knew that if she did it she could face the death penalty. I'm sure she read about other people executed for the same crime, and still went ahead with it. She also had a new baby to think about, and decided to take on an extremely dangerous and illegal job for quick bucks. She never thought about her family and the consequences. The sanctimonious one is YOU, it is obvious you've never been through the horrors of a friend or family member on drugs, the money spent on rehab, the misery and suffering that families go through when their daughters end up prostitutes and ultimately either dying of an overdose, being murdered or committing suicide. How many teenagers would have tried taking drugs for the first time from that bag of 6kg's of drugs? Get off your high horse pal, if anything she will serve as a lesson to others, but even this girl was stupid enough to do it having not learned from those already executed in the past.

      justice.ubuntu - 2012-08-30 12:37

      Hugh… you obviously can’t read so no point in discussing much with you… I would suggest you actually read my comments before making such silly statements… instead of hyperventilating and hammering comments out in a fit of premature articulation… Suffice to say that if you think being executed for being stupid is okay then it’s just as well we have abolished the death penalty in South Africa because a whole lot of people would be in a whole heap of trouble…

  • wynlib - 2012-08-29 08:12

    "and the police had even been involved in trying to dissuade her from going on the drug run." Does this mean that the police knew about this and let her go, most probably with the hope of catching the Nigerian kingpin? Should they not have then informed the authorities in Indonesia that this woman is travelling with tik, but with the SAPS' blessing?

      raymond.romans.5 - 2012-08-29 10:51

      Maybe she just wanted to buy herself and her boyfriend some decent clothing, judging by the current photo.

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-08-29 12:00

      She probably couldn't find a deesant a diesnt a deesint a diesent a proper job because of AA and BEE .

      Sefele - 2012-08-29 21:55

      why is it difficult for SA govt to stop this illicit trade involving nigerians in their country? i am sure, some one up there is enjoying and benefiting from this deals, or the people enjoys it. This should not be a rocket science to deal with.

  • magoro.mags - 2012-08-29 08:13

    Why leave home in the first place ?

      Sefele - 2012-08-29 22:00


  • piet.hannibol - 2012-08-29 08:14

    Drugs.... Can change the best to nothing. Can make saints do horrible deeds and will cause beautiful young woman like this to end her life rotting somewhere. My prayers are with her and her mother.

      tyrone.merwe - 2012-08-29 12:18

      Like the sentiments Piet and am with you 100 percent of the way. Let half these nitwits that make stupid comments put themselves as parents in the same situation. The baby is the one whom shall now grow up without a mother. Let him who has no sin cast the first stone

      pieter0827006294 - 2012-08-29 12:47

      Yes Tyrone and if your baby gets her drugs from the likes of this woman you will most likely cast the first stone!

      Anthea - 2012-08-30 09:24

      If you take drugs into a country where you know the penalty for that is death and you still do it anyway, can there be any sympathy for that magnitude of stupidity? If you drive drunk and get into an accident where someone is killed, can you still expect sympathy? Not really.

      Anthea - 2012-08-30 09:50

      I know a woman who was approached to become a drug mule and she was seriously tempted by the big payday offered. It took everyone she knew to talk her out of it. What these silly young women don't realise is that they are just the bait for authorities so that the real traffickers can get through customs undetected.

      Anthea - 2012-08-30 10:06

      If one of my children died as a result, yes.

      anthea.lagrange - 2012-08-30 11:01

      Ask any parent whose child has been murdered by drug crazed addicts what they think of the death sentence for drug trafficking.

      justice.ubuntu - 2012-08-30 12:40

      Anthea... Would you advocate the death penalty for drunk driving if one of your children was the driver...?

      Anthea - 2012-08-30 13:51

      Listen, you would support your child no matter what they do , that is your duty as a parent. But if my child killed someone else , whatever the punishment meted out, they must shoulder the burden of responsibility themselves. Action and consequence and all that. I wonder how the mother of the Sunday Rapist feels today. Do you think she feels her son must not pay for killing Louise De Waal in such a gruesome fashion?

      pieter0827006294 - 2012-08-30 20:41

      QuickQuirky, I see you like insulting people. That usually happens when you have a weak argument. 6Kg of the stuff she carried can mess up a lot more lives than that of herself and her baby. The only way to deal with this problem is to be very strict on the distributors of drugs.

  • tmukasa - 2012-08-29 08:14

    Its very hard to have sympathy for drug mules, but I guess you cannot judge when your not exactly sure what led to them becoming drug mules. Very sad!

  • thabojames.mohanoe - 2012-08-29 08:16

    This bloody nigerians, They realy destroying our nation, they must be kicked out of our country. If not fraud,its drugs or turning our sisters in prostitutes. Pissed

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-29 08:57

      The cANCer opened the doors to these people. You get what you vote for.

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-29 08:59

      And yes Thabo, these people should be rounded up and sent back to where they come from. But, money and greed is the problem.

      morama.sebata - 2012-08-29 10:57

      Eventhough xenophobia was'nt good as for this f@@cked up filthy nation...i support it!!!

  • carole.small.96 - 2012-08-29 08:19

    She had a job, a baby and a loving mother to help her with baby, and still she goes!! This is Greed, pure Greed. And the other lives s\r\nhe would have destroyed. She must be punished!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-29 11:46

      Greed is good!

      graham.dutoit.12 - 2012-08-29 12:12

      True BUT the death penalty is harsh. Let's not forget that SAPS was aware of the matter. That is the actuual crux here!

      markmc83 - 2012-08-30 17:56

      I'd guess he is or has named himself after Fidel Castro.

  • charlie.elford.5 - 2012-08-29 08:20

    She got greedy and stupid, THAT's what happened to her.

      butch.grealy - 2012-08-30 14:53

      Actually she met a Nigerian who explained greed & stupidity to her.

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-08-29 08:22

    It's all about greed greed greed and easy money. Stupid girl. I'm not aware of the full circumstances but it's not an excuse. The said mules KNOW the risks but greed blinds them of the consequences.

  • neville.chamberlain.509 - 2012-08-29 08:24

    How many is that now in the last few months? As jy dom is moet jy sukkel.

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-08-29 08:25

    A "clever and educated" girl? it certainly doesn't look like it ..

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-08-29 08:25

    They get caught forsure but they keep on doing it.When will they ever lear,when will they ever learn.....

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  • Gcodi Mahomed - 2012-08-29 08:31

    common sense must prevail!!!!!

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-29 08:35

    Guys please...why do I have to keep on crying for women who are facing death penalty all the time when they have a country that does not have this type of thing.I am giving up...seems like people want to be famous for having died in foreign countries.someone else will soon follow suit.Forget the 'greener pastures' of dagga and snow white pastures of cocaine and come back home kind of money is worth your one and only life.

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-29 08:35

    Guys please...why do I have to keep on crying for women who are facing death penalty all the time when they have a country that does not have this type of thing.I am giving up...seems like people want to be famous for having died in foreign countries.someone else will soon follow suit.Forget the 'greener pastures' of dagga and snow white pastures of cocaine and come back home kind of money is worth your one and only life.

  • lerato.motshana - 2012-08-29 08:36

    this is actually nonsense, this girls think they are better than the last culprits, this is sick,it just makes me angry, i don't feel sorry for them anymore, poor kid will grow up without a mother but i hope the grandmother hold the fork, this is all crazy and stupid, SA woman just stop it and stop embarrassing us, whats the love for money compared to life. mxm.

  • pat.ketley - 2012-08-29 08:36

    Are we supposed to feel sorry for these stupid people whon never learn?

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-08-29 08:37

    why can't her friends believe what is happening to her and Donja cannot be that good, clever and educated, i meant Nigerians, drug smuggling. And why wasn't she arrested by our police for her own safety when they knew all this. this is such a rubbish story. if you going to mess with drug gangs - you going to end up in jail or dead - it's a no brainer.

      ludlowdj - 2012-08-29 13:13

      they can't believe she got caught?

      maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-08-29 15:15

      What I don't understand if she consulted the police and she was advised not to do it, how come they didn't arrest her here in South Africa? They could have used her as stool pigeon to lure the big guys, makes you wonder.

  • frikb2 - 2012-08-29 08:42

    I agree with Thabojames.mohanoe and wynlib, there are always Nigerians involved.. However, for the "mules" it is ussualy (sadly) about the money offered to lure them into these situations. I have dealt with similar situations before, where the cops and the Intelligence service was aware of a mule (who worked as a source for them) traveling with cocaine to europe but let him go because they were after the SA Nigerian connection. The mule got caught, told the authoroties who he worked for and what happened? They all denied knowledge of his existance. Mule got 5 years jail sentence, Nigerians never caught. If anybody who read this is contemplating such action or in the process of being lured into it, please stop and think again. There will be only losers in the end, you, youre family and friends. Now is that worth the 10 grand (thats the usual sum) they offer you???

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-29 09:06

      Agreed. How do you put a price to life and freedom? Not all the money in the world. Maybe there is more to this story than is being revealed.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-29 11:52

      What is even worse is that the Kingpins would have two mules travelling on the same flight, one of them carrying more value than the other, and what they do is to tip off the foreign customs about the one carrying less value. This allows the foreign custom office to be on alert for the mule being spied on, and concentrate all their resources on one mule, while the other walks free.

      ludlowdj - 2012-08-29 13:16

      Unfortunately you live in country where 80 percent of the police officers are themselves either directly involved in illegal activity or are the ones running the mule rings, very few police officers are honest, not ice but the truth anyway.

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-29 08:42

    Deja vu....guys please...for how long do we have to keep nursing broken hearts because of women who are facing death penalty all the time when they have a country that does not have this type of thing.I am giving up...seems like people want to be famous for having died in foreign countries.someone else will soon follow suit after this, what a vicious cycle.Forget the 'greener pastures' of dagga and snow white pastures of cocaine and come back home kind of money is \r\nworth more than your one and only life.

  • sonwabile.nomnganga - 2012-08-29 08:48

    oh it's not a black woman this time around *phew* what a relief.. at least this will not be associated to race and colour

      iceman196 - 2012-08-29 08:56

      idiot, the law does not see colour in indonesia, of course you have a chip on your shoulder the size of nigeria

      pieter0827006294 - 2012-08-29 08:59

      In this particular case I don't mind them executing her, if it will make you feel any better

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-08-29 09:00

      You think? Let me try: Errr the black men boast with this line: Once you go black you never go back.... they just forgot to add “home” to the end of that sentence. It’s that black man that made her do it... hehehehe. That being said I have no sympathies for that woman. She destroys lives and breaks up families. She should be punished even harsher as the others just because she is white. There is no excuse for this. She knew better. She will pay the price for her insolence.

      JManAtheoi - 2012-08-29 10:14

      " least this will not be associated to race and color.." - that's exactly what you just did. Oh the irony.

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-29 11:10

      yeah who is causing trouble now...spoilt by free south african money handouts ...isnt it.

  • dirk.dewinnaar - 2012-08-29 08:51

    Here's a afrikaans saying that still goes along way: Meng jou met die semels en die varke vreet jou op!

  • mona.jafthas - 2012-08-29 08:53

    Dont these young girls learn! What a shame!!!!

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-08-29 08:53

    What drug mules must realize they are decoys for the bigger fish who have a larger haul, a commotion is created around these women and the big fish gets through undetected. I am so sorry you may lose your life, and I hope you have a fair trial and a lenient judge, but please all the future would be carriers you are doomed if you carry drugs which destroy many lives. Its just not worth it.

  • - 2012-08-29 08:54

    What you reap shall you sew

      jacowium - 2012-08-29 14:55

      Interesting variation of the "what you sow you will reap" theme!

  • thapelo.rametsi - 2012-08-29 08:54

    It is high time that SAPS must go search all the Nigerians, arrest those found to be involved in drugs. Give them a life sentence without parole and you will see this drug trafficking will be reduced.

      morama.sebata - 2012-08-29 11:03

      Copsw are into it too...they are friends with this people because are paying them bribes.South Africa is doomed.

  • - 2012-08-29 08:58

    Amazing that everyone who gets caught is a good young persong hey ? Explain then how they got mixed up in it if they are so good ? Another thing, if the cops in SA knew about it, why didnt they arrest her here ?

  • Frank Hublot Einstein - 2012-08-29 09:01

    for all i know, u can wake up 2morrow n drugs n prostitution will be legal. just like alcohol was illegal in America during the prohibition bt its legal now. N how south Africans accept rape n murder bt treat someone that sells drugs like a deadliest n dirtiest criminal beats me. drugs are only illegal cos a government chooses it to be. its actually a transaction between two ppl. u cant say that for rape n murder.

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-29 09:19 be frank I do not know a South Africa that has legalised rape and where people have supported it..not in this one I live in at least.I also do not know of any country that likes drug dealers because the problem Frank is that these people use children and every parent wants to bring up a child that will serve as good example in society.its only natural to protect them....I would like to listen to you say that you would love your children to become drug dealers.but that could mean you like them dead as well.

      moi.carla.1980 - 2012-08-29 09:55

      I'm yet to come accross any regular South African who is accepting rape and murder. You're just annoyed/offended that the article mentions Nigerian drug dealers and most of the comments posted have insulted said drug dealers.

      ludlowdj - 2012-08-29 13:19

      easy one drug mule on one trip can destroy more lives than a murderer or rapist will in a lifetime.

      jacowium - 2012-08-29 14:59

      "drugs are only illegal cos a government chooses it to be." No, frank.einstein, you clearly are no Einstein.

      william.letsong.5 - 2012-08-30 06:59

      Ein, Why don't you take the lead and go back to that sh

  • julie.khan3 - 2012-08-29 09:03

    No visas for Nigerians to South Africa!!What a beautiful lady??

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-29 09:03

    They always believe they wont be the ones to be caught and when it happens they face a life of hell. Why do they keep doing it.

      teresa.strauss.39 - 2012-08-29 11:43

      Greed! Its just for the money. Oh yes there is a huge amount of stupidity involved. She probably took the same muti that the miners took to make her invisible and invincible.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-29 09:04

    unfrigginbelieveable, these stupid people just dont learn

  • elsbeth.verhoeven - 2012-08-29 09:07

    Deport all Nigerians from South Africa

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-08-30 07:38

      Hysterical, racist nonsense

  • mona.jafthas - 2012-08-29 09:08

    We need to start a petition to the government to get these Nigerians out our Country they are poisen to our youth!!!

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-08-30 07:41

      They are not forcing the youth to take the poison - raise your children properly and this would not be an issue.

  • magomarele - 2012-08-29 09:08

    I rest my case!

  • handy.andy.773 - 2012-08-29 09:10

    Many times these Nigerians threatens to kill your family if you dont go. She propably went to the cops and they could not help her, since she had no proof. Another good example why you should not get mixed up in drugs, the final outcome is never positive.

  • natasha.kawimbe - 2012-08-29 09:11

    i don't know whether its greed or desperation! Its common knowledge that the authorities are onto drug trafficking, yet you want to go ahead and risk yourself, for what? a mere R15 000? (if they even get that much) ... I don't pity these women getting nabbed day in day out! Let them continue getting arrested while the rest of us go to our 8 - 5 jobs daily, earning our peanuts... atleast im guaranteed my peace of mind, and most importantly, my freedom!

  • Duits - 2012-08-29 09:12

    Sorry no sympathy, don't this lot read newspapers? How many have been caught and still they think they can get rich quickly. Seems like the mother knew about it as well.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-08-30 07:40

      Sadly for each one that is caught there may be many that get through, allowing people to think that it's easy money.

  • siyanda.njena - 2012-08-29 09:13

    Firstly, Not all nigerians are drug dealers. And having have done a research on this issue south africans are CRACK heads period. high profile people use drugs and most users are whites and they dont mind spending cash R10 000 a night, celebrities people you know on TV, high profile in senior position, young black girls the so calls black diamonds, white woman, indian woman, coloured people, clubs are infested. The nigerians meet the demand. These people would smoke Wonga (HIV and Rat poison) for the sake of getting high. When I spoke to some of the users they told me well atleast with the nigerians they are guaranteed the real stuff. Look around you, at your work, malls etc_most people walk around high. These dealers even deliver at work for these people, South Africans get real, nigerians are not the issue, south africans are the issue!!

      pieter0827006294 - 2012-08-29 09:25

      Just like not all Nigerians are dealers, not all South Africans are crackheads. I do agree that we are creating the demand, but it is undisputed fact that the Nigerians are the "Mafia" controlling this industry. If we want to make it less accessible, we have to find the source and the police cannot be so stupid as to not know where to start looking. I do not think enough is done to convict the sources of the drugs.

      lona.xashimba - 2012-08-29 09:58

      Eltorro drugs hev bin RSA problem before the Nigarians tuk control of it. I hev to agree wth Sisanda on this one. We hev a problem and the Nigers are controlling that industry at the moment.

      pieter0827006294 - 2012-08-29 10:40

      I also don't disagree with Siyanda, there is a social breakdown which leaves our children vulnerable. There are many reasons for that. It is up to the parents and how they educate their children but, if you are exposed to these things in Malls, clubs etc frequently, the chances are so much greater to get involved with it. The problem with something like Tik is that you get addicted so quickly that even if a person decides to just try it out, he/she can't go back. Either way, its a pity these things are on our streets and in our lives

      dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-29 11:05

      siyanda nigerians are not the issue when doing crap in their own country not here.most of the stories we get about these women there is always a nigerian national somehow involved in causing them trouble.let them head straight back to their country if they are here to worsen the situation of our country.

      Sefele - 2012-08-29 22:57

      @siyanda, this is a good write up. I keep saying, the problems are with the SA, the nigerians will not will feel emotional with ur compalins on paper and leave the country, when u still turn round in the evening to buy this stuff from them. I have never seen or heard any vigerous campign from the NGO's or multi-companies to educate and fight aganist this trade in SA. Some even are afraid to comment on the evil on paper. This must be a collective effort of everyone to say no to drugs, black or white, and there will be no more market for the nigerians.

  • aeon.lamour - 2012-08-29 09:13

    So sad that so many women (black, white etc) fall prey to these criminals. Yes they should know better but it is still sad to see that people become so desperate that they actually do these things. I feel for their families and their children that they leave behind.

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-08-29 11:45

      There are always choices. These ladies can choose to make new friends. Or, choose to walk away from trouble. Their situation might be desperate, but there are still choices. She chose. Unfortunately, the outcome for her choice is very serious.

  • Frank Hublot Einstein - 2012-08-29 09:16

    Another lie to make her the victim. SA stop with the victim mentality. No one threatens any drug mules family. Nicolene killed her parents and got less sentence than Naidoo cos 'oh she is just a victim'. Girls engaging in prostitution n caught 'oh, we were forced into it by nigerians'. SA, never does crimes, always the victim

  • northsgn - 2012-08-29 09:17

    bitch must rot

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-08-30 07:46

      For making a bad decision she is facing the death penalty, I'm sure that gets you excited nê? Fair punishment?

  • dakey.ras.73 - 2012-08-29 09:18

    It is very sad that people do this and as a South African I feel empathy. Fact is however her actions ruin lives and she must have known the consequences. If only South Africa followed similar suit, we would not have issues with South African's trying to smuggle drugs out of the country.

      sachasea - 2012-08-29 20:17

      'her actions ruin lives' - not entirely correct. The people who CHOOSE to take the drugs risk ruining their lives! The fact remains that the enforced prohibition of drugs ruins the lives of far more people than the drugs themselves ever could.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-08-29 09:18

    It is unfortunate that young people are still falling into such traps and to think that there is a chance that her baby will grow up with her mom its more sad.I am not going to start judging her and especially without even knowing her circumstances, whether she is white/black,stupid/clever thats beside the point.To think that this is a world wide problem (not only in South Africa) and to even suggest that Nigerians must be kicked out of the country, thats really reckless, what about Agliotti (was once caught in a huge drug bust),what about the Chinesse, Blacks in the townships, Coloureds in the Cape - i really dont think its a certain nationality issue but a problem that is affecting the world in general, unfortunately i dont have the answer to the problem since its not my line of expertise.

      jacowium - 2012-08-29 15:17

      Tshepo, you make some good and valid points. But please keep in mind that the "blacks in the townships, coloureds in the cape" people you refer to, are South Africans who ply their trade (right or wrong) here in South Africa. They don't go in organised groups to Nigeria to take control of any illicit business over there. Nigerians can do what they want to, for all I care - but is it so unreasonable for us to wish that they'd do it in their own country, and not in ours?

  • klipkop.degroote - 2012-08-29 09:20

    Is the pixelated oke in the pic the dad?

      klipkop.degroote - 2012-08-29 09:21

      if you play with fire...

  • selebaleng.mashike - 2012-08-29 09:21

    I rest my case. You people, you just don't learn. "My child must just come home. Once she is home, I promise you she will never again go anywhere. She must just first come home,” said the woman’s mother. She should have stopped her then.

  • graeme.speed.35 - 2012-08-29 09:21

    She deserves it, she knew the risks, but still did it. How can you feel sorry for her?

  • Brilliant Sibisi - 2012-08-29 09:31

    I some how don't feel any pity 4 her....

  • alfie.dunn - 2012-08-29 09:33

    Everyone knows that Nigerians have a bad reputation and 99% are bad ass. Never once have I met a Nigerian with good intentions and that are honest. They are always out to do you in, someway or another. And this is'nt something from yesterday, this is a long time coming. "WE ALL KNOW THAT" or "SUPPOSED TO". Wherever there are drugs and prostitution, there you will find Nigerians. So if you want to mix with're road will come to a sudden stop, and then it's much to late for tears.