SA woman coming home after cocaine ordeal

2012-03-02 19:02

Cape Town - A South African woman who is partially paralysed after taking tainted cocaine while on a work trip to Uganda, is expected to return home on Saturday, the Mercury reported.

Film production assistant Kathryne Fuller was found unconscious in a hotel room and hospitalised in critical condition for what seemed to have been a stroke. She is paralysed on her right side following the incident.

American-born television producer Jeff Rice, who Fuller had accompanied to Kampala, died after also taking the contaminated cocaine in the hotel room which they shared.

Rice's body will also be returned to Durban, where he lived.

Kathryne's return had been delayed while she waited to be charged, and red tape relating to Rice's American citizenship had prevented his body from being released sooner, said the newspaper.

Fuller had said she was being held unlawfully in Uganda since she had not been charged with a crime within the legal time limit, which is 48 hours.

She pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine on Thursday, paid her 1 million shilling fine (R3 000) and was freed.

She had chosen to pay the fine rather than face six months' imprisonment, according to her lawyer.

Ugandan police ruled that there had been no foul play, after earlier reports had suggested that they were poisoned, the Mercury said.

A 23-year-old Ugandan man, however, Moses Kalanzi, is in police custody, accused of supplying the pair with cocaine.

Kalanzi has been charged with manslaughter and a negligent act causing death, as well as two drug-related offences.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

  • Glenn - 2012-03-02 19:12

    My heart bleeds

      paullombard17 - 2012-03-02 20:19

      Thats a little harsh dont you think? Yes Drugs are bad yada yada and should be discouraged but lets say, a very good mate of yours or a family member took one isolated xtc tablet at some club for the first time and suffered the same fate or worse, death.. would those same words come out of your Mouth?? - me thinks not. I dont condone it at all but how can your heart bleed if you dont have one.

      Paladonic - 2012-03-02 21:34

      I worked with drug and alcohol addicts/abusers for many years and the greatest weight is on their family. When I started out helping them, it was becuase I had compassion but as the years dragged by the low rehabilitation rate eroded my compassion and replaced it with a kind of contempt for their blatantly selfish actions. Same thing with criminals. the weight on society is one thing but the weight on their families is unbearable. My emotions and thoughts about this subject are a continous pendulum. Some days I have compassion and hope because of the few who manage to overcome their heinous ways and give back to society and other days I see the effect on families and wonder if they shouldnt be euthanized. Very extreme, I know, but when you have seen what I have seen it is hard not to see the families as the true victims of addiction and subtance abuse. One thing is certain though, this poor girl is paying with her life and so is her family. It is tragic on every possible level.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-03 11:25

      Interesting, at first it was a story about evil drug lords pumping them with drugs. Now we find out the two of them were doing vim in a hotel room. How sad for his wife back home with the kids to find out this way. I wonder what else they were up to in the hotel room. Sad story but it goes to prove - keep yourself clean, the truth always comes out.

      JasonEye - 2012-03-03 13:27

      I agree with Glenn, this was not the first time.........not would it have been the last. I love the way the Heading says "drug ordeal" like she is a victim! A victim of herself maybe! I do however wish her a full recovery and the realization of a lesson learnt!

  • Malome Segolela - 2012-03-02 19:21

    Weldone kalanzi... All drugs should be contaminated!

      rbczovczov - 2012-03-03 07:21

      I think it was Munga (with ARVs and rat poison)

  • Shirley - 2012-03-02 19:24

    She is luckier than she realises! I hope that others will learn from this that you never know what the merchants cut into these drugs! Its just not worth it!

  • spartanx93 - 2012-03-02 19:28

    You reap what you sow! Again, don't do DRUGS!

  • Anthony - 2012-03-02 19:48

    And we are supposed to feel what? Compassion for drug users, I think not. It's like contracting AIDS from having unprotected sex. You deserve everything you get, except treatment at the taxpayers expense. The only thing you deserve is to suffer a painful, miserable demise!

      Raymond - 2012-03-03 06:47

      Well said Anthony, couldn't agree more.

  • Cosmos O'Ndebele - 2012-03-02 19:49

    Welldone Kalanzi fair play to you, Pity he is being punished. All consumers should face the same fate!!

  • Vicky - 2012-03-02 20:06

    the choices people makeā€¦. (sigh) I cannot get myself to feel sorry for them

  • dooskop - 2012-03-02 20:06

    What a shame when the weakness of addiction takes over your mind!!! it is a game of death!!!!

  • meredith.r.pollock - 2012-03-02 20:14

    Oh, i'm sorry & we must have sympathy for a pathetic druggie - why??? I am sorry but i have a zero tolerance for alcohol & drug abuse & stupidity.. She can be damn thankful she's alive to tell the tale, but whats the bet as soon as she is back here, give it a month & she'll be drugging it up again.. There are no pills or cure for stupidity.. She deserves whatever has happened to her & whatever does still happen as a result of her stupidity in the future..

      Leroy - 2012-03-02 20:53

      You living on that cross, Meredith ? Done no harm to anyone ? Do you even take out a cent for the local beggar at a robot ?

      Ricky - 2012-03-02 20:59

      And you Meredith? What do you reckon you deserve in life? Think back to 5, 10, 20 years ever made any bad choices that affected your life or the lives of others? Do you reckon you still deserve to pay for them today? I think your profile pic "Danger - Mouth operates faster than brain" says it all.

      Joanna - 2012-03-02 21:17

      No one should pass judgment, I think she has paid for her mistake, don't you???.... Can you look back on your life and honestly say you have done nothing wrong? I have never taken a drug in my life but that does not mean I will judge those that choose to, especially as no one else was affected by this. This is a tragic story and I just think, what if that was my child and that was her 'stupid thing' she did in her life....

      Thandiwe - 2012-03-02 21:25

      You're a selfrightous, arrogant, selfimportant person which makes you not a bit better than the druggie...

      meredith.r.pollock - 2012-03-02 22:51

      I don't claim to be perfect but I sure as hell am not a weakling that can't say NO... She has chosen to take drugs and now she must suffer the consequences. Actions have consequences, this is one of her consequences. And no I have never made a poor choice that affected another's life negatively because I have a brain. I stand by what I have said, I have zero sympathy for her and I have zero sympathy for stupid, not my fault if she is stupid and so weak that she could not say no to drugs & don't come with the sob stories that maybe she had a crappy life and that's why she turned to drugs, that is a crap excuse, many people have suffered horrendous things in life but never turned to drugs.. Weak people with no self control or will power or a brain turn to drugs... I will never have sympathy for these people because they are the ones that ruin lives all around them for their own selfish needs... & Leroy, damn straight I won't give a cent to the beggar at the robot because they run to the bottle stores I give them food, what they do with that food I don't care... @ Thandiwe, I suppose you are a druggie or ex druggie & I assure you I am 100 x better than a druggie, I am not weak & I have self control and discipline, I know the difference between right and wrong... Don't like my views or comments, tough, that is how I feel and I will not change my views because some of you think I am too hard or self righteous or whatever... Build a bridge and get over it!!!!!

      Gerald - 2012-03-03 07:58

      Funny how this unfortunate druggie manages to invoke such sympathy, while another one in Thailand is vilified. Put the two women together and contrast their differences, perhaps it becomes clearer then why that is so....and come on....R3000 bucks...while someone in the chain is to rot in jail

      Hugh - 2012-03-03 10:30

      Such a pity that few can actually understand what Merredith has to say. What is the bet that few commenting here would allow smoking in their home as they thing it a sickening habbit that empinges on their lifestyle . Well now, think of Drugging or any sustance abuse for that matter being like you having someone in your home and you like the smoker, powerless to stop them. Piles of stompies in ashtrays stinking up your home. That is how it is substance abusers they make everyone's lives a total misery. Sad that some only read what they want and not the whole concept.

      meredith.r.pollock - 2012-03-03 13:26

      Thx Xenswim1, finally someone who actually has a brain and gets it, you are so right others are only reading what they want to read. So obviously that makes them the ignorant ones not us.. And while i admit my views may seem harsh, it is that exact harshness that is needed to deal with these idiots who are stupid enough to take drugs, it is that harshness that may just wake some of them up.. What are people told to do when dealing with family members hooked on drugs, use tough love, drugs are not games people wake up!!!

      Angela Nell - 2012-03-03 19:31

      Meredith, if I could give you 100 thumbs up, I would. I completely agree with you. I am furious that drug addicts demand sympathy, and excuses about how they got hooked in the first place... I dont have sympathy for that. I will always help those that want to be helped. Never in my life did I have the urge to inject any substance in my blood, I was just always responsible enough to think before I do something stupid. My friends did drugs and I NEVER allowed to be pressured into it!! every bad decision has a consequence and every drug addict knew exactly what they were doing that first time...

      meredith.r.pollock - 2012-03-03 20:34

      Thanks Angela, glad to see that someone else actually gets it, i also had ample opportunities to take drugs, but thank heavens for a brain & being strong enough to say no.. I refuse to change my views because the minute you get sympathetic with them, thats when they will manipulate you & make a total fool out of you... All these views & dislikes against me make me even more determined because it shows how naive all these people are when it comes to drugs & drug addicts.. I am just shocked to see how many naive people are out there... I have compassion for the families that are left to pick up the pieces but i have zero sympathy for her or Rice because they knew they were playing with fire, you play with fire you are gonna burn - fact - deal with it...

      Andries - 2012-03-04 18:30

      Geez simple and uncomplicated life must be when you live it in only pitch black or blinding white as you do. I often think that being rather dimwitted and purposefully uninformed must be the easiest way to get through life. "Ignorance is bliss", and all that...

      Andries - 2012-03-04 18:33

      Meredith: Also, judging by your comment to Alfie just might have been a part of the reason that person turned to drugs. If I were to be surrounded by someone who rants and raves like that when someone disagrees with her, then I'd also prefer to escape from my reality.

  • Vra - 2012-03-02 20:42

    Every decision has a consequence.

  • navarrocarly - 2012-03-02 20:46

    Partially paralyzed? Wow, must have been some raunchy night! Whateva!

  • Leroy - 2012-03-02 20:50

    You poor buggers...ever heard of a good good Rock Band that do water ????...

  • Paul - 2012-03-02 20:52

    Sorry,but if i use contaminated steroids, and it hurts my kidneys, it my own fault. They shouldnt be on that crap

  • Da - 2012-03-02 21:06

    How sad that so many people don't think it's important to have some kind of compassion for the suffering of others, regardless of what mistakes they have made. It doesn't matter if someone had sex without a condom and got sick, or took drugs, or was even just an arrogant and unlikeable character. If they are hurt and damaged you should feel something for them, or at least don't join in kicking them around on the floor. That's one of humankind's most admirable qualities - we can choose to forgive and feel empathy for anyone's suffering, no matter what they did. Muamar Gadhafi was a tyrant who damaged the lives of many people. But anyone who could cheer the mob as they cut him up, helpless, and displayed his body in a meatlocker for days - any who cheers that, who cheers somebody being maimed by drugs or withered by AIDS, you're the ones who deserve no pity. Except that you do. Glenn, Malome, Spartan, Anthony, Cosmos, Vicki and Meredith - what you're all saying is absolute s**t and not worthy of human beings. But you can rest easy knowing that many of the rest of us would probably still help you when you're lying there bleeding.

      Joe Dique - 2012-03-02 23:47

      Da, You have just wasted your time typing so much rubbish. If you live by the sword, you die by the sword.

  • Tami Steyn - 2012-03-02 21:07

    Not only did she take drugs... She was also sharing a hotel room with a married, father of two small children. Seems she has a bit of explaining to do to the wife of the late Mr Rice!

  • Pheeha Gabriel Lengeloi LaBodirwa - 2012-03-02 21:09

    that the price of being disobedient to the Law regarding the use of Drugs ; though nobody deserve to die but if your careless you will carelessly die

  • heinrich.crouse - 2012-03-02 21:40

    A 23-year-old Ugandan man, however, Moses Kalanzi, is in police custody, accused of supplying the pair with cocaine. Jeez - love commas much? Who writes like this?

      Lauren - 2012-03-05 11:55

      "To avoid confusion, use commas to separate words and word groups with a series of three or more." OR "If something or someone is sufficiently identified, the description following it is considered non-essential and should be surrounded by commas."

  • duma.nkululeko - 2012-03-02 22:38

    Eish - very sad hey!

  • David - 2012-03-02 22:42

    some serious as^%%% on this site it seems....and Anthony, lets hope you don't slip and pick up HIV from a perfectly innocent looking white woman...its out there..not only bad people get these things...prick.

      Joe Dique - 2012-03-02 23:39

      Hey mate: You should not have sex unless you are married. You should not take drugs, full stop. You should not share a room with a married man. Some people just dont get it! If you take your chances then accept those consequences.

  • sachasea - 2012-03-03 00:22

    One could argue that if illicit drugs were brought into a legalized, regulated market then unfortunate events such as these would not happen. I personally lay the blame for this squarely at the feet of Prohibition and the US backed War Against Drugs, one of the most diabolical failures in recorded human history. Thank heavens there is a glimmer of hope for the next generation now that people around the world are starting to realize that there are better ways of reducing harm to families than forcing individuals to buy their crap quality drugs from criminals and throwing people in jail for their inalienable human right to put whatever substance they choose into their own bodies so long as they do not cause harm to others. Shame on the politicians.

      jeremy.acton - 2012-03-03 00:41

      I fully agree with you Sachasea. Pure cocaine available under regulated conditions would not be contaminated. Everyone does some kind of habitual substance like alcohol, nicotine 9legal but very damaging), or dagga (harmless yet illegal) or tik, (Illegal and damaging) but criminalising substance use (which need not necassarily constitute abuse) is not "protecting citizens from harm". We need to rethink the entire "War on Drugs" because it is causing more harm than the drugs themselves. BTW Alcohol and tobacco kill more people that all the illegal sdrigs combined. Speaking as a dagga legalization activist, I totally reject the unsubstantiated, bigoted attitude towards the citizens who are member of the Dagga Culture of South Africa. I hope Kalanzi does a long time in jail. Lastly, if two adults consent to being together whether for sex or not, no one (except their other partners) has any business commenting on their right to freedom of association. Not everyone lives in the same box as the moralistic people here with their personal perceptions of rights and wrongs. My prayers for the families of these victims of prohibition.

  • Guy - 2012-03-03 08:41


  • Garth - 2012-03-03 10:20

    I have no sympathies for them, only for their families.

  • Michael - 2012-03-03 11:55

    smoke herb! its pure

  • kentse.mohapi - 2012-03-03 12:11

    Moses Kalanzi when you come out of jail come to South Africa to give more contaminated cocaine to finish the job. She is an evil woman who robbed two kids of a provider.

  • David - 2012-03-03 14:09

    Got to love all the righteous Christians on here who have nothing but judgement in their hearts. Try a bit of empathy, it tastes better for the rest of us.

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-03-03 22:06

    Kalanzi ur the man. Bring that good stuff here and eradicate the users

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