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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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‘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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Cwele granted R100 000 bail

Written by News24.com on 25 February 2010.

Pietermaritzburg - Sheryl Cwele, the wife of State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, was granted bail of R100 000 by the KwaZlu-Natal High Court on Friday.

After hearing arguments from Cwele's lawyer and the State prosecutor, Judge Sharmaine Balton said she was satisfied the minister’s wife would not evade trial or interfere with the State witnesses.

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Drug mule mom finally home

Written by The Daily News - Rizwana Sheik Umar on 15 October 2009.

'I've paid my dues, I am stronger and I have changed my ways for the better."

These were the words of Joeleene Phillips, 24, a Durban woman who arrived at OR Tambo International airport on Wednesday morning after serving almost three years in a Brazilian prison.

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SA on Mauritius "Drugs-Watch" list

on 27 March 2009.

Mauritius puts 5 African countries on drugs watch list. Download PDF Report

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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.

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Sheryl Cwele arrested for drug trafficking

Written by Times Live - MONICA LAGANPARSAD on 29 January 2010.

The wife of state security boss Siyabonga Cwele appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg High Court this afternoon on drug trafficking charges.

Sheryl Cwele, a high ranking municipal official on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, was arrested this morning following months of police investigations.

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Quick buck is lure for SA drug mules

Written by Daily News on 22 June 2009.

Please note, the Reporter of this article mis-quoted, saying:
"Belinda West, director of Locked Up-2nd Chances for SA's (in)Mates, said most mules faced life imprisonment."  This referred to those imprisoned in the Far East and not in all countries.

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SA emerges as new drug hub

Written by Daily News on 20 March 2009.

Around 30 South Africans are arrested every month in Brazil on drug smuggling charges - a huge increase in the past two years as South Africa emerges as a new hub in the global drug smuggling business.