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Somali pirate victim bust for drugs

2012-12-10 08:25

Pretoria - Police have arrested Somali pirate kidnap survivor Debbie Calitz after she was found in possession of thousands of rands worth of narcotics.

Her flat in Pretoria was raided on Friday after police received a tip-off that Calitz was growing dagga and hallucinogenic “magic mushrooms”, The Times reported.

Calitz lives in the Pretoria flat with her daughter and son.

'Arrogant'

A police official said Calitz was “arrogant” at the time of the raid and tried to use her celebrity status to stop her from being arrested.

''She was throwing her name out like it would mean something to us. She was carrying on as though we would turn around and walk out," he said.

She apparently kept on saying she wasn’t hurting anyone or breaking the law.

Calitz was arrested along with another woman and five men.

Hostage ordeal

The arrest came six months after Calitz and former partner Bruno Pelizzari were rescued from Somali pirates.

Pelizzari on Sunday said he was shocked by the news of Calitz’s arrest and felt sorry for her.

"As far as I know, she did not use drugs. Poor Debbie. I really just feel sorry for her. After all that she has been through and now this to happen to her," he said.

Sapa reported that she and the others are expected to appear in the Hatfield Community Court on Monday on charges of possession of drugs.

Calitz recently released a book about her kidnap ordeal, titled Debbie Calitz: 20 Months in Hostage Hell.

 

Comments
  • kalabafazi - 2012-12-10 08:29

    It's amazing what you can learn from the Somalis

      Antipoaching - 2012-12-10 08:32

      we South Africans are fast learners! We should go the Asian route, life sentences for drug offences!

      napolita.kio - 2012-12-10 09:00

      Yep, them evil Somalis. Teaching us horrible things we know nothing about.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-12-10 09:08

      Really now? Life sentences for drug dealing or possession? I can understand a mild jail sentence for hard-drug (heroine, tik) dealing, but for weed and shrooms? Those are totally harmless drugs, so therefore she performed a victimless (as in no one died or got hurt) crime. Police should rather be using their time and resources in stopping hard criminals, murderers, rapists, LBGT hate crimes... Why use tax money to keep drug dealers in jail? If drug possession was decriminalised, and the industry properly regulated, there wouldn't be a need to put these people into jail, as they wouldn't exist.

      shaun.miekle - 2012-12-10 09:14

      She needs it to keep calm

      johan.v.walt.3 - 2012-12-10 09:58

      @Wesley, and if murder was decriminalised? I suppose we could knock down a few jails then and then grow some pot and shrooms there. Dont be stupid man, weed is a drug, it is banned for a reason. Drug dealers are kept in jail with your and my money because they sell drugs, drugs kill and destroy lives. Weed is the first step into that abyss, so dude, smoke your weed, but do not come crying to me when you are hooked on the hard stuff, my money will not help you in rehab

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-12-10 10:17

      I would rather be held captive by the Somalians than go to jail in SA!!!

      celeste.vdw - 2012-12-10 10:20

      @wesley.bischoff you do realize it starts with some harmless drugs and things and also if she was growing she was selling, are you a parent? Imagine her selling this to your kid, also she is doing all this with her kids around nice good parenting skills. Now getting back to my point, she start growing selling shrooms and weed after that it takes another step to something worse and another. Have you never seen people who are hooked on tik and herione? They kill and rape and sell themselves for it, you are pathetic for saying what she is doing only deserves a slap on the wrist. Are you honestly saying we should legalize drugs? Yes good idea so future generation can be hardcore junkies, prossies and rapists, thumbs up to you, you pathetic little tard. We need to rid the world of the dealers they make it easy to get, also I speak from experience I saw the effect of cocaine and heroine in a close family who took his life at 18 because he was so deep into it. And guess what it all started with your oh so harmless drugs.

      andrew.arde - 2012-12-10 10:29

      I always thought something was amiss about this woman!

      nick.hill.52493 - 2012-12-10 10:33

      Hi Antipoaching .... I agree about the Asian route, but it won't work if you become terminally ill, and be allowed to return home for 'golf' treatment !

      andre.kuhn.583 - 2012-12-10 10:34

      @Celeste: What happened in the Netherland after legalizing Cannabis? Total consumption declined. What about all the Alco-pops or Alcohol as a starter drug or all the sugar in baby food? Please educate youself Celeste and do not compare what you cannot compare!

      truthis.tway - 2012-12-10 11:00

      My gateway drug was alcohol. Got my first high and wanted more. Then I started combining alcohol and cigarettes to get a rush, then that wore off so I tried weed.

      celeste.vdw - 2012-12-10 11:17

      Dear errol.constantine.7 thanks, for that apart from the fact that I have never done drugs I guess I'll ignore the fact that my half brother hung himself because he was hooked on heroine and had gone to rehab before and tried everything to get off it but couldn't and felt there was no other way out. I feel so much better now that you feel that a drug addict can control their addiction and alcoholics can control their addiction and just get over it. Next you will say as long as a serial killer only kills one person a year it's ok because he is keeping it under control. Yes that drug addicted thief breaking into someones home raping their mother for a cellphone to sell for a hit is really controlling themselves. Weed is one story but don't come argue that all other drugs are okie dokie and if you can't control yourself just go check yourself in, let's talk when you get there and lose someone close to you. I am not ignorant I look at the reality we live in. drugs destroy lives and in eventuality kill you one way or another.

      hondbyt - 2012-12-10 11:29

      @Celeste, so sorry to hear about your brother, but please watch this documentary so that you may understand how the legalization of drugs will actually reduce crime and enable better support for people like your brother before it's too late... Narrated by Morgan Freeman nogals; http://www.breakingthetaboo.info/view_documentary.htm

      chez.kri - 2012-12-10 12:09

      @Celeste. Although I understand yoru point and agree with you on so many levels, daga is not the gateway drug people think it is; not in this country. I have, sadly, been around a lot of drugs and adicts and most of the weed smokers (vast majority) do only weed. The main gateway drug in this country is alcohol but everyone thinks its "cool" to drink.

      jaco.skalkwyk.73 - 2012-12-10 12:42

      If you cant beat them, join them

      hondbyt - 2012-12-10 13:19

      It's funny how some people upon reading "drugs" and "legalize" in the same sentence start frothing at the mouth and immediately point their mouse cursor towards the thumbs down button instead of just actually watching the documentary and getting a friggen clue what the debate is all about...

      wez.owen.33 - 2012-12-10 14:09

      Exactly my point celeste... Why are we giving the power to the drug dealers? If the industry is properly regulated, then those that seek can get what they need (and help thereof). I would much rather get something from a regulated organisation, than from some dodgy dealer on the street. The War of Drugs doesn't work. All it has done is cause the black market to thrive, and caused hard drugs such as cocaine and heroine to become more freely available, cheaper and higher purity. Google: Portugal decriminalises drugs and see how successful their programme is.

      wez.owen.33 - 2012-12-10 14:10

      Heroine and weed are not the same. Weed is NOT addictive, and not a single human being has EVER died from it. Heroine, alcohol and many other LEGAL drugs have negative side effects and can cause death.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-10 14:49

      Andre Kuhn 583. Actually the Netherlands didn't legalize cannabis. They allow it in coffee shops. Trouble is with all the foreigners trying to get hold of the weed, the government stepped in and created a pass system for Dutch users. Not that it matters, the stuff is smoked everywhere and no one complaints. Many elderly people there smoke a joint before bedtime seem to beat taking sleeping pills. Cancer patients get cannabis prescribed by their doctors and can get capsules at the chemist. The Netherlands is a tolerant society and I hope they stay that way.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-12-10 15:49

      Funny how "SOME" of you white South Africans are making excuses for these drug dealing magogo junkie. I bet if the culprit was an African or especially a Nigerian ,you guys would have been spitting your racist venom on the suspect. You even have the shameless audacity to falsely accuse the Somalis of teaching her how to grow weed.So as per your logic the Somalis have a drug manufacturing school??? Seriously people??? Will you guys ever admit your own faults instead of blaming others for woes caused by your own actions?? Victim mentality as usual. Is she the first person to be kidnapped and released by the Somalis pirates??? How come the other ex hostages did not deal in drugs??What a double standard world we live in. Drug dealers are a menace to society ,i don't care what ordeal you have being through in,life.I don't care if you are my brother, comrade, friends, colleague , a christian ,a Muslim ,are of the same race as me or share the same nationality with me. You deal in drugs you do the time,it is that simple ,finish and klaar. Let us stop making excuses for criminals. Kids are dying everyday from drug use.It starts with you,stop the party lifestyle and SAY NO TO DRUGS.

      wez.owen.33 - 2012-12-10 16:19

      Hey, f**knut, stop generalising by saying ALL whites. You condemn racist, yet in your comment you are so blatantly racist as well.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-12-10 16:46

      @wez.owen.33 - Sad that your okes could not provide you a decent education otherwise you will know the meaning of the following word : SOME . Hence the reason why you are foaming at the mouth like a rabid dog.

      jaded.oldfart - 2012-12-10 17:05

      @johan.v.walt.3: funny, after 37 years of smoking weed i have yet to try anything stronger, or to have a psychotic episode, or be anything except a successful business- and family- man. healthy, too. don't touch tobacco, drink in moderation, 13 Comrade's finishes, etc. etc... bottom line - you are talking out of your ass

      preshen.govender.12382 - 2012-12-11 08:36

      When in Rome……

      pieter.pan.184 - 2013-01-30 13:21

      johan.v.walt.3: Don't you be stupid man. Weed is banned for no reason. It as a drug is less harmful than alcohol. No one has ever, ever died from a weed overdoes and yet it is banned. The active ingredient in shrooms may be more effective than any known antidepressant in helping to fight depression. But you keep believing these things are banned because they are so very dangerous, clearly you like believing what you get told.

      pieter.pan.184 - 2013-01-30 13:25

      Celeste van der Watt: Stop using children as a reason to justify stupid laws. Drug dealers don't approach children, children approach drug dealers. I live next to a high school and I know quite a few of the kids who attend there. They are far from the innocent victims of drug dealers. There are no drug dealers hovering around the school during break, yet these kids gets get hold of weed (mostly). They get it because they go and buy it from dealers who are nowhere near the schools. They weren't approached by the dealers, they went to find one and paid for those drugs with their own money.

      pieter.pan.184 - 2013-01-30 13:30

      Celeste van der Watt: Also, there is a very close link between drug abuse and emotional distress, i.e. people who are unhappy are a lot more likely to be become addicted to drugs (and that includes alcohol) than people who are not. if your close family member took his life at 18, he was most likely unhappy before he became a drug addict. But it's easier to blame drugs for the worlds ills than try and find out why people seek happiness in chemicals.

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-12-10 08:33

    send her back to the somalis

      jody.beggs - 2012-12-10 09:22

      You first ...

      Chris - 2012-12-11 07:06

      that is dumb, have you been to somalia ,

  • roman.caesar.121 - 2012-12-10 08:34

    after her ordeal..she had cravings!!

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-12-10 19:49

      You have to wonder, when she was kidnapped, were they smuggling drugs at the time? I bet her plea is she is so messed up after the kidnapping ordeal she doesn't know what she is doing.

  • jbooyse - 2012-12-10 08:35

    Why ??? You had every chance to start fresh... Write a book about your life... Now you go and do this ??? No man...

      kalabafazi - 2012-12-10 08:44

      Indeed. She could have planted carrots or potatoes if she really wanted to go agicultural.

      monique.grobler.967 - 2012-12-10 12:25

      Her next book will be all about the jail ordeal. I find it funny how she can grow these without even having a yard? huh? publicity stunt did cross my mind.

      wez.owen.33 - 2012-12-10 14:11

      Some people think it is the DEVIL HERB from HELL!! lol Ignorance is bliss i suppose.

      jbooyse - 2012-12-10 14:16

      @Henno I don't condone the use of any illegal narcotics. What I said was she could have rebuilt her life after the whole abduction ordeal by writing a book on her life/experiences. Hope this clears up any/all misconceptions/confusion regarding my postthat you might have.

  • msika.gama.5 - 2012-12-10 08:40

    Blame apartheid

      lionel.armstrong.77 - 2012-12-10 16:33

      lmao!!!

  • chriselle.dreyer - 2012-12-10 08:46

    That this had to happen toe her? She did this herself

  • chriselle.dreyer - 2012-12-10 08:46

    That this had to happen to her? This is her own fault.

  • bernard.mackenzie.5 - 2012-12-10 08:54

    Sjoe, kommin meneer...

  • Charmaine Roberts Ferreira - 2012-12-10 08:56

    The poor woman has been through hell and now this. I smell a big fat rat!

      mattcredible - 2012-12-10 09:03

      I don't smell anything. Sounds like she was guilty just hearing of her reaction, not denying it and still saying she wasn't breaking the law or hurting anyone? Poor nothing! I have to follow rules and the law, you have to follow rules and the law and there's no reason why she shouldn't. Hope her daughter and the other people she's been staying with are questioned and asked what their role was.

      lizette.wilsenach - 2012-12-10 11:31

      I suspected drug dealimg in the first place..before they got captured by Pirates

  • willie.jansen - 2012-12-10 08:57

    Stupid... After that traumatic experience and then throwing a new chance at life back into the faces of the tremendous work done by people to get her back safely. Guess she'll be back in some sort of institution for a short time...

      chez.kri - 2012-12-10 09:07

      @Willie. You know, I, like many others, donated money for her ranson via that sms line they set up. When they were freed without paying that ransom I thought they would use that donated money to get back on their feet and I was cool with that. Now I'm pi**sed; can I have my money back please!!

      chilli.stephenson1 - 2012-12-10 10:04

      exactly, this is a slap in the face of everyone who sent money for her ransom. Many people on here are saying that dagga and mushrooms should be legal... yes, i agree, but the fact of the matter is that they are not, and now this woman has thrown more of her life away. WTF? seriously, does she not give a damn about her children?

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-12-10 09:00

    "After all that she has been through and now this to happen to her," Um No she shouldn't grow drugs, Finnish and klaar

  • napolita.kio - 2012-12-10 09:04

    I never got to read about her kidnapping; e.g. what were they doing over there? What was on-board of whatever means of transport they were using? I'd like to believe it takes a long time for a plant/tree to grow, implying the possibility that by the time they were caught in Somali, the plants/trees were already planted back in Pretoria.

  • andre.kuhn.583 - 2012-12-10 09:05

    Whats wrong with mushrooms? They grow all over the country even on school yards. And Cannabis is used more and more to replace other drugs such as Benzos. It is high time to de-criminalise cannabis users. Rather stop the distribution of unhealthy foods which are loaded with sugar.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-12-10 09:17

      ^ Agreed

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-12-10 09:29

      It's high time that everybody embraces the Straight Edge lifestyle rather.

      jason.mcdonahugh - 2012-12-10 13:07

      As much as i agree with your statement that its time to legalize these drugs, at this current time its illegal so if you get caught you have to accept the consequences.

      andre.kuhn.583 - 2012-12-11 09:12

      @Kenny: In the name of the so called law many people now and in the past have been destroyed their lives for example: Nazi Germany and the laws agains the Juws, South Africa and the laws against the black population before 1994. I can go on with failures of the law. Law is made by humans so it is full of mistakes and wrongs. Someone like you would be the perfect assitant to Hitler. Just follow the law without questioning it. So who is the idiot!

  • rudi.lombard - 2012-12-10 09:06

    Oh dear.... Wouldn't you wanna smoke a zol every now and again after an ordeal like that !

  • james.may.5496 - 2012-12-10 09:08

    Oh come on all you moral high ground white knights! None of you ever went over the speed limit or parked on a yellow line, please man. Police wasting time arresting people for a few dagga plants and mushrooms, for heavens sake while gangsters murderers and rapists run the country. Catch a wake up morons.

      afriendofyoda - 2012-12-10 09:25

      agreed. Marijuana was just legalised for recreational purposes in 2 American states. More than half of US states you can use marijuana with a prescription. It is decriminalised in many European countries. Some South American counties have done the same. In India the government sponsors Bhang shops for religious purposes. In Canada and Australia there are several towns where the majority financial income comes from pot. The positive effects for cancer patients is internationally accepted. I don't mind that people challenge pot because they don't understand it. I am however saddened that people get SO aggresive about it, and view it as this evil deed and people that do it need to be treated like SCUM! Sure, because its illegal it causes trouble, but only because its illegal. If this lady did the same thing Washinton state for instance, it would be as good as growing roses. Hopefully one day people will accept that its just a plant. A natural, plant...

      truthis.tway - 2012-12-10 11:01

      You don't see people selling alcohol outside schools, why do you think that is?

      afriendofyoda - 2012-12-10 12:30

      @ mary.mone.33 If you refer to my post again you will see that I said in the second paragraph that "Sure, because its illegal it causes trouble, but only because its illegal." I am not pro illegal activity (which is why I never tried to defend her, I tried to defend pot), I am saying if the trade was 'regulated', ie. not illegal, it would cause less trouble than when it is just, illegal. Did you know that in countries like Sweden they have decriminalized Heroin? You can go to clinics to go shoot up. Weird? I think so! Working? Well, if you consider that heroin usage has decreased by around 80% and they have not had one death from an overdose in their clinics, ever, then I would say yes. But were talking about pot, not heroin... You are a prime example of the type of person I refer to when I argue my viewpoint towards pot (not Arsenics btw, but if they are natural I also believe it should be your own choice to take them, IF it does not affect other people negatively. Ohh and btw, arsenic's arent illegal, the sale is regulated...). How on earth do you think I don't mind people dealing 'drugs' outside schools? It's unfathomable to me how you would even think that... You also probably think I support driving around in cars when stoned, or support doctors having a joint before operating on a patient, or letting kids smoke a joint while having their saamies during lunch... Just try listen. Its not an attack. Relax... I also want a better environment, just like you.

  • flyswat - 2012-12-10 09:10

    I'm sure after being kidnapped, held captive and abused for so long causes many psychological issues; thoughts that one would rather just want to escape from...

  • werner.niksch - 2012-12-10 09:11

    did anyone ever before see someone high on mushrooms or dagga hurt anybody?no i didnt think so....leave her alone shes just making some extra money on the side and helping a few people get enlightened.

      truthis.tway - 2012-12-10 11:01

      You are ignorant Mary. Shame.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-10 14:08

      Now Mary, I don't smoke but if you came to me and asked me if you should rather smoke then drink I'd hand you a bag of potting soil.

      jaded.oldfart - 2012-12-10 17:38

      @mary.mone.33: and how many examples of this can you prove? because i know literally 100's of weed users who in no way resemble your generalisation. i also know a few who do. and i know many who resemble your generalisation who do not use weed and never have. so basically you are spouting kr@p.

  • thoka.mphoka - 2012-12-10 09:19

    Hawu hawu Madoda. who does she blame for this? She must have been high/Airrie when she was captured by the Pirates

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-10 09:23

    Oh my lord. This is so funny. Arrested for something you can pretty much buy at any street corner where there is anything resembling a shop, shebeen, spaza shop or a small mall. I'm betting 20 police officers stormed the thin woman's house in a "show of force". How many people got robbed, raped and murdered in Pretoria last night?

      riaan.coetzee.1690 - 2012-12-10 10:14

      I agree, I just hate it when police arrest peope for committing a crime....

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-10 10:30

      @Riaan: Ever been in a shooting and phoned the cops only to be told they have no vehicles to assist you? How about looking straight at ATM bombers while talking to the police. Telling them everything in detail and then 20 minutes AFTER the bombers has left 20 cops comes charging in lights on and sirens screaming while the police headquarters is only 5 minutes away. Ever tried calling the cops and telling them someone is breaking into your house at 3 AM? Hell the cops here don't even show up after a gunfight and we don't even bother to report incidents anymore accept for insurance claims. But call in a granny growing weed and the cops are all over it in 5 minutes and by the sound of it in full force.

      msika.gama.5 - 2012-12-10 11:04

      @Koos, how do you expect the cops to come at a gunfight? Do you want them to get killed?

      riaan.coetzee.1690 - 2012-12-10 12:23

      Police are instructed to wait for back up when there has been an atm bombing, because the criminals often wait in ambush for the police.... In this instance the police received information that there are drugs in the house. Maybe you would have prefered they ignore it?

      jason.mcdonahugh - 2012-12-10 13:08

      ok so based on your statement we should just ignore lesser crimes in order to focus on serious ones?

      ernst.geyser - 2012-12-10 13:17

      @Koos... almost every established drug dealer in this country pays some form of protection to corrupt police in order to continue doing their business. Perhaps this was just taking care of the competition?

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-10 13:24

      msika.gama.5: How can the cops get killed 2 or 3 days AFTER a gunfight? The again... @riaan.coetzee.1690: Would I have preferred it? You are asking the wrong guy Riaan. Ask the people who were victims of violent crime the night police recourses where used to corner a granny in here flat. The tipoff said weed and mushrooms. Hardly DRUGS. So many people smoke it from the sweeper right up to lawyers. You'll be surprised how many people smoke and the cops know this.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-10 13:38

      @Jason: Don't give the man a Bells, give him a Jameson. @Ernest: Doubt it. How much can one grow in a flat? No hardcore druggy will buy mushrooms. No I think this granny wasn't disrupting. Probably more for medicinal use but of course it makes a nice photo for the crime busting cops. LOL the things I've see with my own eyes... you won't believe. Believe me when I say the cops know where to get drugs and let's leave it at that.

  • konrad.rontgen - 2012-12-10 09:25

    What a stupid thing to do. She just crushed all sympathy the public had for her, and in future she will be known as the” Somali drug dealer”.

  • andrea.ruiters.9 - 2012-12-10 09:25

    hahahahaha!Ive been following Debbie Calitz and her kidnapping from the start...now she gets busted for drugs....really!hahahaha!WELCOME TO SA!

  • linden.bayden - 2012-12-10 09:26

    She did it, now she's gonna have to live with it. Stupid woman.

  • Azwihangwisi - 2012-12-10 09:54

    who does she think she is? Michelle obama.

  • chilli.stephenson1 - 2012-12-10 10:00

    You'd think that with all she has been through that she would not put herself into this kind of position. What an idiot. Seriously, now her children will lose their mother again! She doesn't seem to care for anyone but herself.

  • leonard.rom.7 - 2012-12-10 10:17

    maybe her Somali pirates never got a peace of the pie when she got (kidnapped )sorry for you enjoy prison!

  • justsayingagain - 2012-12-10 10:19

    all the SAPS resources being squandered to chase down potheads...I just do not get the rationale when there are such pressing crime priorities. It does however make you wonder what they were hauling around in that old yacht of theirs!

  • phiwo.gasa - 2012-12-10 10:28

    Fact remains its illegal. She got caught. Lets hope your celebrity status gets you medical parole or something. Greed thats what it is or maybe she liked being confined and is willing a pridon sentence? Wtf

  • paul.makhudu1 - 2012-12-10 10:33

    news24 bloggers are two faced snakes! sheryl cwele was found to be a drug dealer and she was firstly crucified through the media.Debbie Calitz was found with drugs and she is seen as a martyr!very true S.A politics and society issues are racial based!

      jomar.delange - 2012-12-10 11:22

      @Paul, what have YOU been smoking? Why don't you read the article and the comments, then try again? First of all, most people on here are condemning her! Secondly, unlike Cwele, there is ZERO evidence this woman is dealing. And of course, these are not even class A drugs.

      werner.niksch - 2012-12-10 11:36

      you narrow minded idiot.why does everything have to be racial with you?did you ask yourself what kind of drugs was involved before coming to the conclusion that it was racial?there's a huge difference between psychedelic drugs,that usually can't be cut with dangerous chemicals,and stuff like cocaine,heroin,methamphetamine,etc that are ALWAYS cut with all kinds of household chemicals that makes you violent and crazy,so i ask you again,how do you get to it being racial exactly???

      wez.owen.33 - 2012-12-10 14:13

      Is Debbie Calitz a public servant? Oh, i wasn't aware...

  • daemos1 - 2012-12-10 10:44

    I wonder who sold her out

      andrew.selous - 2012-12-10 11:43

      hahahahah the oke that that didnt get to smoke

  • jomar.delange - 2012-12-10 11:14

    @ antipoaching etc, -- jeez dude seriously? You think she deserves a life sentence for smoking pot?

  • msika.gama.5 - 2012-12-10 11:20

    News24 short of stories today, this one has been on the front end for the past 2 and a half hours already??

      werner.niksch - 2012-12-10 11:38

      glad someone noticed that...

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-12-10 13:25

      Yeah.. it's SMOKING!

  • andrew.selous - 2012-12-10 11:29

    now she will be left high and dry

  • rayno.grever - 2012-12-10 11:45

    Yoh, she is mega ugly!

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-12-10 11:55

    another 5 years incarceration, only this time hopefully in prison garb and not a bikini!!!!

  • michelle.morkel.7 - 2012-12-10 12:22

    inaccurate reporting should be a crime. Debbie was never arrogant during her arrest, but she was in possession of drugs which is illegal. People love to comment on what police should be policing and what not. All crimes need to be policed, not only 'serious crime". Next time the people who have a problem with what police do would like help at a car accident, hearing 'someone in your house' or 'neighbours making a noise' just call a crackhead, we have more serious crimes to police.

  • Mongza - 2012-12-10 13:01

    You guys talk as if weed is good, I guess most of you guys here grew up smoking it. There is nothing good about smoking weed, i have seen the effects of weed first hand and have experienced it and i know what people high on weed can do. just because you guys grew up with laid back weed smokers, doesn't mean we also experienced the same thing where some of us grew up. B4 you ask me where am i from, im from kwa mashu. where most guys sit around they sorry asses and smoke weed the whole day and feel depressed and doing tish.

  • cathy.vanvollenstee - 2012-12-10 13:28

    Nothing "happened" to her Bruno. She was caught breaking the law. She was asking for it!

  • richard.zanner - 2012-12-10 13:57

    @Wesley I was a prosecutor many years ago and did my share in the drugs court and was exposed to the dealers and the people they sold to and if you saw what these drugs do to people you will see things differently. Dagga my be harmless according to you but is always leads to the use of other stronger drugs. In the old days the first migration from Dagga is to start mixing Dagga and Mandrax and smoke it (White Pipe) and from there it goes to the really hard stuff. This woman was growing the stuff so she was probably using and selling. The sentences for mere possession of dagga is in any event not that harsh but I do not condone it.

      wez.owen.33 - 2012-12-10 14:16

      It is my basic human right to consume whatever i want. It is NO ONES right to dictate to me what i can and cannot put into MY body. And there you just said it, people mix the dagga with mandrax. It is the mixture that causes issues, and those people have addictive personalities. I do not think drug possession should be an offence, as it wastes the polices and courts valuable time. If Portugal can have a success story from decriminalising drug possession, why would it be any different here?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-10 15:04

    Geez, the most people here are holier than God. Has this woman got Post Traumatic Syndrome and is she treated for it?. Has she got a job and an income?. Who said her children were not involved, they are old enough to be so. Has anyone here walked in her shoes?. Before you stone another take a look at yourself first.

      lionel.armstrong.77 - 2012-12-10 16:50

      just one mc burger a day was my gateway drug! now I'm as fat as an ox and my habit is out of control. I love cigarettes, excessive food and plenty of booze! all of which are legal by the way! Debbie Calitz - you on the otherhand have used illegal substances and you should be locked away forever and ever! bring back the death penalty - we are a morally perfect country! we will not stand for your nonsense!

  • eric.martinsich - 2012-12-10 16:02

    Well it still has to proven it is her's as after all she was only rescued 6 months ago. Then she still had to get back home and settle in. So if she is the one growing then surely the plants/Mushrooms would be small. I want to watch this space as to the outcome.

  • eric.martinsich - 2012-12-10 16:11

    MM. She was arrested with another woman and five men. Why is nobody talking about the others that were arrested. how do we not know it was the others. Maybe she tippe doff the police herself etc etc

      manqoba.zulu.54 - 2012-12-10 20:03

      She must rot in jail, we are tired of drug lords

      truthis.tway - 2012-12-10 20:58

      Next to corrupt people like Zuma and Malema and most of the ANC.

  • lionel.armstrong.77 - 2012-12-10 16:37

    really! is that what this is all about?! someone in possession of soft drugs?! Bwahahaha!!! this is getting more attention than JZ's fraudulent activities!!! We should stop everything we are doing right now and first fire the president - prioritize here!

  • DianaRuddneeBoehme - 2012-12-10 17:16

    While I am not questioning whether or not she grew the dagga...... I doubt the arrest went down as is reported...celebrity status... I don't know so much. After her ordeal I'd probably be growning and smoking the stuff myself by now.

  • jaded.oldfart - 2012-12-10 17:54

    the first report i read said they found 1 dagga plant and some 'shrooms. how does that add up to thousands of rands worth of narcotics? because if it does, i'm going to have to seriously consider a change in career:-)

  • leka.mad - 2012-12-10 22:05

    This explains the yacht trip off the east coast of Africa. Her prison sentence, if she gets one, will give her time to write a sequel: My prison hell.

  • rasepalo.kgaile - 2012-12-10 22:34

    She is white South African and it's alright for her to do drugs.I still wonder for what and why she was around Somalia????????????????

      DianaRuddneeBoehme - 2012-12-10 22:55

      Tell me another one, that ones getting old now...... got nothing to do with white,black,coloured or otherwise..... we are all equal. So don't come with your race chirp please.

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-12-10 23:27

    From Hero to Zero... Shame

  • eve.hemming - 2012-12-11 07:41

    Maybe some of you guys are all jumping to conclusions.. she would have suffered severe PTSD from the brutal and horrific ordeal- enough to spin anyone out and lead to depression and extreme anxiety, insomnia, flash backs etc...... so let's hear her story before we draw conclusions...

  • RidiculousNicholas - 2012-12-11 10:06

    There is no denying the fact that she broke the law and must suffer the consequences. However, there needs to be a distinction between "hard" drugs, such as heroine, tik, etc., and "soft" drugs such as marijuana. Arresting a "pot head" and sending them to jail only aggravates the problem as they do not deserve to be classed with hardened criminals such as rapists and murderers. In reality drug addicts are people in desperate need of guidance and support, by sending them to jail you are effectively turning them into hardened criminals. Let’s be honest, no one survives South African prison without becoming a hardened criminal so by sending drug addicts to prison we are not only wasting tax payers money, we are creating hardened criminals. The sooner people get over this stigma of drug addiction being a crime the better. We also need to acknowledge the fact that most leading governments in the world are gradually re-assessing their outlook on recreational drugs and decriminalizing drugs such as marijuana simply because they realize that these drugs are no worse than alcohol and cigarettes and the cost of enforcing laws regarding these drugs are simply a waste of time and money.

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