SA student jailed in India over cocaine

2012-08-23 09:07

Durban - A Durban student who went to India on an overseas scholarship has been arrested and jailed in India after she was caught with 9g of cocaine.

The Post reported that Rosita Thangavalu, 22, was studying law at Osmania University in Tarnaka.

She was now trying to raise money for bail after being arrested with her Ugandan friend, Patrick Emario, 29, in a sting operation by police.

According to reports Emario convinced Thangavalu to help him sell cocaine and that she decided to do it because her scholarship did not allow her a lot of money.   

Her family in Phoenix, described as “church-going people” were apparently shocked to hear of her arrest and wouldn’t speak to the media.

A South African government spokesperson said they were aware of the incident and were offering the family consular services.

Director Lesley Jacob of the Indian Cultural Centre at the Consulate General of India said Thangavalu was a good student with an excellent academic record.

  • sello.molekwa.1 - 2012-08-23 09:19

    Ok, her scholarship did not give her much money? Of course its a scholarship, not a salary! So I guess we must sympathise with her now!

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-08-23 09:32

    Just goes to show. Studying law, out of a Christian home, given an opportunity to study abroad, and this is what her sponsors get. The scholarship should be revoked and given to somebody more deserving.

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-08-23 09:32

    Excellent academic record but as thick as 2 short planks. Guess things don't go better with Coke

  • sanda.mnyazi - 2012-08-23 09:43

    The South African government must do everything it can to help this kid with a bright future......Everybody makes mistakes

      Erna - 2012-08-23 09:45

      This is much more than a 'mistake'.

      koo.doyle - 2012-08-23 10:12

      She was caught with the drugs, not trying to smuggle them in btw Alicia. Your assertion that they would most probably 'kill a few people' is far-fetched. In addition, yes, drugs kill, but people stupid enough to take them, assume the risk. What she did is terrible, but it was not kilos only a few grams. I think she should be punished, but within reason.

  • Erna - 2012-08-23 09:48

    They just never learn do they? Not enough that she got a scholarship and everything paid for - she had to be greedy and insult the country that gave her the scholarship!

  • mable.jacobs.90 - 2012-08-23 09:54

    Don't people watch the news. PEOPLE, drug trafficing NEVER ends well....

  • rishaal.sewpaul - 2012-08-23 09:54

    Why is the emphasise on 'church going people.Im sure many criminals go to church. Where else can they repent...LOL

  • ron.magagula - 2012-08-23 09:57

    How many young people need to be arrested overseas before the these youngsters will learn? She made a very bad judgement call. I guess she will learn the consequences of such. For the sake of her family i hope she gets through this. But like most, my sympathy for people who get themselves in these situations has waned.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-23 09:59

    When they will learn. Stupid girl

  • remi.preez - 2012-08-23 10:05

    If you do the crime, you must do the time.

  • ekene.k.onwu - 2012-08-23 10:18

    Who ever wrote this article should be banned...why are you making the South African girl seem innocent and placing the blame on the Ugandan guy. A crime is a crime whether she was forced or not, she wanted money for herself not that her scholarship didn't allow her enough money. She is guilty end of story, trying to cover for her makes you guys look bad and this is so blatant.

  • tdshezi - 2012-08-23 10:22

    Greed comes in every colour! Whether black, Indian or white. The SA Consular services are kept very busy indeed. Counselling and citizenship training need to be offered to those who want to study/work abroad that laws there are not the same as in South Africa!

  • riotousr - 2012-08-23 10:30

    Damn, woman, now Joost van der Westhuizen is going to miss his medicinal prescription. Only 9 grams. Let me do this line here and I will answer your call.

  • yanga.dlokolo - 2012-08-23 10:44

    i guess she will never practise law

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-08-23 11:12

    9g - stupid girl. the other 300g would have followed shortly afterwards.

  • gudani.nedzingahe - 2012-08-23 11:19

    dat servs hr ryt. Nw sh'll hv 2 kiss her law studies gudby. Bye bye suckr.

  • Ecosse.Nkosi - 2012-08-23 14:23

    Yep good bye to another coke head lawyer.

  • clementine.mbewe - 2012-08-23 14:29

    Law student.....oh the irony

  • thapelo.molatudi - 2012-08-27 02:35

    Desperation and greed lead our kids to wrong things. Imagine she closed a scholarship opportunity for another deserving child cause she took space to just waist it for jail. She deserves to rot in jail in deed so that others may learn a lesson.

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