LETTER TO Ms Nkoana-Mashabane

13th October 2015 Dear Ms Nkoana-Mashabane, We are writing on behalf of all the South African families who have family members incarcerated in several foreign countries on drug related charges. As you probably are aware, that besides Ghana and Naples the South African Government is the ONLY other country in the world that refuses to sign…

LETTER TO President Zuma

25th June 2015 Dear President Zuma, With reference to comments made by Mr Nelson Kgwete on a live radio interview on Tuesday 26th May 2015 Interview with DIRCO Nelson Kgwete We would like to address some of the points mentioned in the interview. Concerning the Prisoner Transfer Agreement:  According to Mr Nelson Kgwete he insists that DIRCO…

Dead Cows for Piranhas: an exposé of the South African drug trade

2015/03/24 Article: Marisa Crous – women24 In a brilliant exposé of the South African drug trade, investigative journalist Hazel Friedman dissects all cogs in the clandestine machine, called international drug syndicates. Dead Cows for Piranhas by Hazel Friedman (first published in 2014 by Jonathan Ball publishers) Award-winning investigative journalist, Hazel Friedman sets out on an epic,…

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. International law expert…

Nelspruit to Sao Paulo as a drug mule

The story of a drug mule that travelled to Brazil and back. January 30, 2014 NELSPRUIT -* Dave had dreamt of seeing Brazil, but never did he think his involvement in drug trafficking would lead him on a journey through hell. To most travellers, the gleaming facade of the departure terminal of an airport is…

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. “The signing of this bill into law is significant. For the first time South Africa will have a single statute, which addresses the scourge of trafficking in persons holistically and comprehensively,” it…