Is “The War on Drugs” Succeeding ?

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. Watching many modern documentaries throws new light on the situation as it stands today. There are several documentaries now being screened on DSTV’s Crime & Investigation and National…

Behind Foreign Bars

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. The focus now turns to a…

Our drugs keep the Flats alive’

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. The crime bosses insist they maintain the very same communities they flood…

Death sentence: SA ‘engaging’ China

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. The department said in a statement that the judicial process was ongoing, as it had already, on…

Cwele granted R100 000 bail

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.…

Sheryl Cwele arrested for drug trafficking

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. She is facing charges related to drug trafficking and is expected to appear…

Drug mule mom finally home

‘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. Phillips arrived in Joburg at 7.30am via a direct…

Quick buck is lure for SA drug mules

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. Drug mules hired to courier drugs from foreign countries face harsh sentences and even the death penalty…