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Drug mule’s hell

SUNDAYINDEPENDENT /18 December 2011 at 09:02am

Duped into taking a job overseas, forced to swallow over a kilogram of drugs on four different continents, not getting paid and deprived of food for not obeying orders.

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Janice’s sisters tell of last visit

NEWS/CRIME-COURTS /13 December 2011 at 12:37pm

By: Mpume Madlala

“You must come and see me soon.” These were the tearful words of Janice Linden to her two sisters, Nomalizwi Mhlophe and Priscilla Mthalane, during a 45-minute visit at Guandong prison in China, the day before she was executed by lethal injection.

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End my hell, pleads drug mule’s mom

NEWS/SOUTH-AFRICA/KWAZULU-NATAL /14 March 2011 at 18:15pm

Vivian Attwood

Attending the final stages of the trial of suspected drug dealer Sheryl Cwele and her co-accused, Nigerian Frank Nabolisa, in Ramsgate last week, a frail and emotional Marie Swanepoel, mother of convicted drug smuggler Tessa Beetge, said she could not endure much more suffering.

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Is "The War on Drugs" Succeeding ?

on 01 December 2010.

Opinions vary when the question is asked:  "are we winning this war against drugs?"

Many will argue the sense in spending so much, to achieve so little.

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‘Our drugs keep the Flats alive’

Written by Vincent Cruywagen on 22 October 2010.

In exclusive interviews with the Daily Voice, druglords say the Cape Flats would be worse off without them.

The death merchants say that without the multi-million rand drug trade, life on the Flats would become unbearable for the network of families they support.

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'SA failed my drug-mule son who died in jail'

Written by MONICA LAGANPARSAD on 22 August 2010.

When a young South African drug mule was jailed in Mauritius two years ago, his mother accepted it would be decades before he returned to her Pretoria home.

This week, though, all the mother got back were the ashes of her 32-year-old son, Jan Venter, sentenced to 34 years in prison for trying to smuggle 1500g of heroin.

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SA WOMAN EXECUTED IN CHINA

Regan Thaw | 2011/12/12

It has been confirmed by the International Relations Department that China has executed South African Janice Linden for smuggling drugs.

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Blow for SA inmates in jail abroad

Written by ZELDA VENTER on 10 December 2010.

In what could be seen as a major blow for South Africans serving prison sentences abroad, the Pretoria High Court yesterday rejected a mother’s plea for an order compelling the SA government to reconsider her request to enter into a prisoner transfer agreement to have her drug-smuggling son serve the remainder of his prison sentence on home soil.

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Behind Foreign Bars

Written by People on 15 November 2010.

Brigene Young became the first foreigner to be released from a Mauritius prison after being charged for drug trafficking. She was one of the lucky ones, considering two of the original 31 South Africans in Mauritius’s prison system have died – one from suicide, the other from cardiac complications.

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Drugs: A South African setter tells how she was used to deceive the ADSU

Written by lexpress.mu on 18 October 2010.

Smugglers transporting some drugs are arrested while the real traffickers with larger quantities of heroin are easily Mauritius. Brigene Young, a setter used as a decoy, told the South African Press Association how she got caught.

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Death sentence: SA 'engaging' China

Written by News24.com on 09 April 2010.

Johannesburg – The case of a South African woman sentenced to death in China has been referred to that country's high court in Beijing for a final decision, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation said on Friday.