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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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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.

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Crackdown on drug cartel

on 16 March 2009.

Crackdown on drug cartel between SA and Brazil leaves unanswered questions. Download PDF Report

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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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Have you been offered a job in Thailand?

Written by HAZEL FRIEDMAN on 17 March 2009.

Desperate and unsuspecting South Africans are being lured into drug syndicates and are paying a heavy price in Thailand’s prisons

''Thank you for coming," said Nandipha (not her real name), struggling to make herself heard above the babble. "I don't get to see anyone except for a kind lady from the church. And I can't speak Thai, so I can hardly talk to anyone."

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Spy Minister’s Wife and the Drug Bust

on 15 March 2009.

Exclusive: Intelligence boss’s spouse linked to international cocaine ring. The wife of South Africa’s newly appointed intelligence boss is under investigation for international drug trafficking.

Sheryl Cwele, married to minister of intelligence Siyabonga Cwele, has been directly linked to a KwaZulu-Natal mother arrested in Brazil with an estimated R3-million worth of raw cocaine while en route back to SA last year.