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Hazel Friedman’s Dead Cows for Piranhas Launched at The Book Lounge, with Tim Parr and Dave Goldberg

by Jean on Dec 12th, 2014

Multi-award winning investigative journalist, Hazel Friedman, appeared at The Book Lounge recently to celebrate the launch of her latest book, Dead Cows for Piranhas. There was nary an empty seat to be seen as veteran musicians, Tim Parr on guitar and Dave Goldberg on keyboard, warmed the crowd with their semi-acoustic blues.

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Beetge case shines spotlight on SA ‘mules’

NEWS/CRIME-COURTS /25 February 2014 at 10:11am

By: Bernadette Wolhuter

KwaZulu-Natal -

Last week’s news that convicted KwaZulu-Natal drug mule Tessa Beetge was being released from a Brazilian jail after five and a half years has seen the plight of South African drug smugglers detained in foreign jails brought to the fore again.

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Intensify drug trade war, SA told

DAILYNEWS/NEWS /10 June 2013 at 09:00am

By: YOGAS NAIR

Drug cartels were luring an increasing number of locally recruited “decoys” into the hands of authorities in foreign countries, to enable their drug mules to escape arrest.

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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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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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Zuma passes human trafficking bill

2013-07-29 16:54

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has enacted the prevention and combating of trafficking in persons bill, the presidency said on Monday.

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Woman tells of ordeal as drug-mule slave

MANDLA ZULU | 15 January, 2012 00:08

KWAZULU-Natal drug mule Nonhlanhla "Ndoni'' Ngwane was forced to swallow baby carrots to help widen her throat so she could ingest condoms filled with drugs.

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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.